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‘Earned citizenship’ scheme’s scraping under fire

Experts believe deserving candidates too find themselves at exit gates 9th November 2010: Less than a week after Home Secretary Theresa May announced the scraping of ‘earned citizenship’ scheme purported by Labour for making it harder for people to settle permanently in the UK, experts are expressing their disapprove of the announcement.
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They believe May’s assertion implies the Government wants to keep its door open, but at the same time wants people to leave after a few years.

The experts says prima facie the assertion does not sound bad as the Government would come down heavily on `students’ coming to the UK to study with expectations of staying back forever in the country.

It rather sounds logical as most illegal immigration can be attributed to students staying back in the country.
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But in the process the Government may find it hard to draw a line and it may eventually become much harder for those deserving to stay back get what they have over the period earned. And, Britain may end up losing some of the best talent from the world around.

Earned citizenship concerned the path to settlement and British citizenship, and was planned to come into force in July 2011. It will now not be introduced.

May had asserted: ‘It is too easy, at the moment, to move from temporary residence to permanent settlement. ‘We will not implement Labour’s policy of earned citizenship, which was too complicated, bureaucratic and, in the end, ineffective.

‘If people enter this country saying that they will only stay here temporarily, then it is obvious that they should only stay here temporarily.

‘Working in Britain for a short period should not give someone the right to settle in Britain. Studying a course in Britain should not give someone the right to settle in Britain.’

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