Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn slams UK immigration stance

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Von Ahn told the Standard, ‘There is no point in closing their doors to some of the most talented people in the world.

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The founder and CEO of language learning app Duolingo today urged the UK to do more to welcome high-skilled migrants.

Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn told the Standard: “It doesn’t make sense for some of the most talented people in the world to close their doors.

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“Countries like the US and UK talk a lot about competing with China – the only way you can do that is to attract the best from all over the world instead of the 70 million from inside the UK.”

The call comes as Home Secretary Suella Braveman faced criticism after she claimed to have faced an “invasion” by migrants on the South Coast a day after the firebomb attack in Dover.

Braverman was asked by the Albanian prime minister to stop “discrimination” against Albanians for “excusing policy failures” during the migration crisis.

Eddie Rams called for “mutual respect” on Wednesday as he hit out at the “crazy” and “easy rhetoric” of the UK targeting its citizens for border failures.

Von Ah described the tone of the political discussion on immigration in Britain as “problematic”.

“We run a company where we hire a lot of immigrants,” he said.

“When People Talk About Immigration, They Pull Everything Together”[but] The UK should be as open to eligible immigration as possible.”

CEO grew up in Guatamala before moving to North Carolina as a teenager to study math at Duke University. He launched Duolingo in 2011. The company is now worth $3.2 billion (£2.8 billion). Von Ah controlled approximately four million shares in a $300 million business.

US The UK is the largest market for Duolingo customers outside of the US.

Credit: www.standard.co.uk /

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