Immigrants should pay for public services getting visa: Tory MP

Proposes restriction on social housing to migrants for 5 years


4th October 2010: Tory MP Nick Boles suggested immigrants should pay for using public services before they get visas.

As per the proposal, immigrants would be required to sign a bond of £ 50,000 to cover the costs of using public services.

Key ally of Prime Minister David Cameron, Boles urged the Government to impose a surety on migrants before granting them visas.

He further suggested unemployed EU migrants should be expelled. The act, he claimed, would be legal under treaties. He also called for language tests for all migrants and a restriction on access to social housing for at least five years.

The amount would be returned to the immigrants only, if they passed several times more in tax than the value of their deposits. He said the government should ensure that people coming to UK make a financial commitment to the country, which they would get back in a few years time.    

Tory MP said one of the proposals was that the immigrant’s deposit could be forfeited if the immigrant committed a crime, if they’re convicted of a crime or if they don’t pay tax in the next three years.

Boles asserted the need of the hour was that Government should go further in making sure immigrants contributed to society risk spreading social unrest. He added that the immigration had been too high in recent years.

Tory MP made his radical suggestions in a book, Which Way’s up: the Future for Coalition Britain and How to Get There.

He called for an annual cap on non-EU immigrants of 20,000 to 50,000. The Government had imposed a cap of 24,100 but this applied only to skilled workers.

Last year 190,640 foreign workers and their dependants moved to Britain, despite unemployment hitting 2.5million.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said that they were addressing concerns about immigration.  “We have imposed a cap,” added the spokesman.

The spokesman further added ‘Our positions are not really that far apart. We are looking with interest at what he is proposing but we are not endorsing it.’


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