Legal migrants could find themselves at double disadvantage’

`Immigration proposals may wrongly targeting them’

19th November 2009:
The British government has been warned that the legal migrants could find themselves at double disadvantaged in the days of recession, if immigration proposals before parliament end up wrongly targeting them.

A campaigning group has, in fact, expressed apprehension that legal migrants turning jobless due to meltdown in Britain may even lose their right to live in the country.
The Labour government last week proposed new rules under which people seeking to migrate to Britain will either be given ‘permission’ or not.

If the bill is passed by parliament, the concept of ‘permission’ will replace the five “outdated and overlapping concepts” of leave to enter, leave to remain, entry clearance, right to abode and exemption from control, the government said.

Apprehending the worse, the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP) Forum has told the government the new rules proposed by the Labour government for simplifying and tightening the immigration laws should not be applied retrospectively on immigrants already in Britain legally.

In a statement, the Forum has asserted although they supported the government’s attempt to ensure proper implementation of immigration laws, they would like to point out that new rules should not mean retrospective implementation of the laws.

“In view of the current economic climate, there could be instances of migrants losing their jobs and we believe that these circumstances must be taken into consideration when deciding on whether or not they will be ‘permitted’ to continuously live in this country,” it added.

Only recently, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said hospital consultants, civil engineers, aircraft engineers and ship’s officers are to be removed from a tightly-regulated list of skills which Britain seeks out from time to time because it cannot meet its needs from its own population.

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