Coalition to introduce annual cap on numbers of non-EU economic migrants
13th May 2010: It’s almost official. The new government will introduce an annual limit on the numbers of non-EU economic migrants allowed to work in the UK.
Even before the polls, the Conservative party had made clear its intentions of putting a cap. The party’s policy adopted by the new government says they will introduce an annual limit on the numbers of non-EU economic migrants allowed to work here, taking into consideration the effects a rising population has on public services and local communities.
According to the understanding between the Conservative and Liberal Democrats parties, Conservative policy has been adopted, while Lib-Dem immigration policy of region- based migration and amnesty to illegal migrants in the UK for 10 years has been given up.
The policy says the limit will be flexible, and will change each year to take into account the wider effects of immigration on society.
It is evident from the policy that the new government will introduce important new rules to tighten up the student visa system, which at the moment is the biggest hole in the border controls.
For promoting integration into British society, there will be an English language test for anyone coming here from outside the EU to get married.
The policy says Britain can benefit from immigration, but not uncontrolled immigration.
Acknowledging the contribution made by the immigrants, the policy says look at any aspect of life today and you see the contribution the migrants have brought, and not just to the economy.
They want to continue to attract the brightest and the best people to the UK, but with control on the overall numbers coming here.
The policy has led to apprehensions that the immigrants will find the going getting tougher under a new government.
As a result of the new policy, skilled professionals and students from outside are likely to find it tougher to enter under the Conservative party policy.
The policy will especially apply to students and anyone entering from outside the EU to get married.