Only around 50,000 immigrants a year to be allowed to settle in Britain 24th July 2009: The debate kicked off by Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s comments on not spending sleepless nights over population touching 70-million mark by 2028 is far from over.
Less than a fortnight after he ruled out the desirability of having a ceiling on the number of immigrants, and his views were endorsed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Conservative leader David Cameron has said a Tory government will cap immigration.
His assertion comes at a time when indications on the positive role of immigrants in the country’s economy are well pronounced. Only a day ago, a new research had found the UK has benefited economically from the influx of Polish, Czech and other immigrants from 10 countries that joined the European Union in 2004.
But Mr. Cameron insisted unrestrained immigration was harmful to Britain and would be capped by a Tory government.
Launching a scathing attack on Mr. Johnson for saying he ‘did not lie awake’ on the issue of immigration, Mr. Cameron said the Home Secretary may not be worried about Britain’s population rising from 61million, but he was concerned.
Describing the statement as extraordinary, he said unrepressed immigration over the past decade was a mistake and has been damaging for Britain. As such, a Tory government would be in favour of having a proper points system with limits for keeping under control the immigration levels.
Mr. Cameron said the voters are ready for a grownup debate on the effects of immigration on public services, and they would aim for immigration levels existing during the Major and Thatcher years. His indicated that only around 50,000 immigrants a year to be allowed to settle in Britain.