To ensure brightest and best land in UK. 9th September 2010: With an aim to check the increasing number of immigrants, UK government will look at all immigration routes into the Country and at the same time set new rules.
Releasing the first of a series of research reports ‘The Migrant Journey’, Immigration Minister Damian Green insisted the proposed cap on immigration was essential.
The report identifys the behaviour of migrants entering the UK immigration system in the major non-visit visa routes and the common pathways through the immigration system that result in settlement in the UK.
The report identifies four main immigration routes that lead to settlement in the UK: the family route (husband, wife, civil partner, fiancé, proposed civil partner, or unmarried partner or same-sex partner). The other routes include: work (leading to citizenship: highly skilled, wish to find work, self-employed or who have job offer); EU and European Economic Area (third-country nationals having formed a relationship with an European Union national); and settlement (those granted settlement before entering the UK and other grants of leave that fall outside of the Immigration Rules).
Getting more firm on immigration rules, Immigration Minister, asserted that they would now look at who is qualifying, both in the work and study categories, to make sure that brightest and best were being attracted to the UK. He added that the government would also ensure a steady downward trend on every route to long-term immigration.
Speaking at the Royal Commonwealth Club, Green said the planned changes to the immigration system of having an annual limit on workers; from outside the European Union was mandatory, even though it may be "controversial".
The Home Office commissioned research showing a fifth of foreign students granted visas in 2004 were still in the UK even after a gap of five years.
Green asserted that they wanted sustainable immigration levels. This would help relieve pressure on public services, and stop immigration being such a delicate political issue.
Green added that the previous Labour Government’s points-based system for immigration was not yet properly controlling the numbers of people coming into the UK. He stated that an effective system needed to be found.
Damian Green said that they needed steady downward pressure on many routes to long-term immigration in order to hit the net migration commitment. He added that they were looking at all routes, and would need to set rules for each of them which led to inflow of immigrants. Green made it clear that in an increasingly globalised world it was ever more important that proper immigration controls were not only in place but were seen to be in place.
Hitting at Labour Government, Green said, during the 13 year tenure of Labour Government, the public had lost confidence in the immigration system. Net immigration had more than tripled since 1997, adding pressure on our public services. The scale of immigration under Labour was too high and the points-based system introduced by them was still not delivering proper control of numbers of migrants coming into the country.