The British government's proposed immigration policy after Brexit has been criticised by a number of organisations in Northern Ireland.

A new points-based system will restrict the provision of visas to low-skilled workers. The proposals have set alarm bells ringing in Northern Ireland.

Two months after the UK's Brexit referendum in 2016, Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and the late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness wrote to then British prime minister Theresa May.

They said policies needed to be sufficiently flexible to allow access to unskilled as well as highly skilled labour.

They also stated that it applied to public sector employers, as well as private companies who are heavily dependent on EU and other migrant labour.

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Some significant voices in Northern Ireland today said those concerns have been ignored.

Northern Ireland's Chambers of Commerce predict the hospitality, tourism and healthcare sectors will struggle.

Aodhan Connolly of Northern Ireland's Retail Consortium raised concerns for the agriculture and construction sectors.

SDLP leader and Westminster MP Colum Eastwood called the proposals a fundamental threat to Northern Ireland's economy.

The new measures will be particularly relevant in border areas, where immigrants are important in the labour force and community life.

Meanwhile DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson, has said that he, and the other parties in Stormont will be pressing the UK government for "some kind of regional variation to take account of the distinct circumstances of Northern Ireland".

Speaking on RTÉ's Six One, Mr Donaldson said he understands why businesses in Northern Ireland would be concerned over new proposals to introduce a new points-based immigration system, but he said the main parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly would work together on this issue.

The Director of the Confederation of British Industry, the main business organisation in Northern Ireland, said she was "hugely concerned".

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Angela McGowan said her biggest concern was the salary threshold, which she said was "still too high for Northern Ireland".

The policy paper states that the salary threshold for skilled migrants will be lowered from £30,000 to £25,600 for those coming to the UK with a job offer.

Ms McGowan said the CBI's analysis found that £21,000 would be a more appropriate threshold for Northern Ireland.

"Many EU national workers wouldn't be eligible to come to the economy. The private sector wage is currently around £19,500," Ms McGowan said.

"So I think that is a huge concern about how we're going to attract workers at that rate. In many ways it is like putting the cart before the horse because we don't have the productivity rises to match the labour costs."

Ms McGowan said there is a "huge emphasis" on the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland.

She said many companies believe the new plans are putting them "in a very precarious position".

Ms McGowan said that 95% of companies rely on free movement and many small and medium enterprises have never engaged with a visa system before.

She said it was not just an increased administration burden that businesses are fearful of, but rather "that it will drive up salaries and reduce the number of applications coming through".