Proposed permanent cap on non-EU immigration only the first step

Government to announce further steps in coming few months


21st July 2010: It is apparently only the beginning of tougher times for the prospective immigrants. British Immigration Minister Damian Green has made it clear that the coalition will not stop at a cap on immigration.

Green in no uncertain terms has categorically stated that that besides the proposed permanent cap to come into force from April 2011, the government will announce further steps in the "coming few months".

As of now, Green has not given details of the areas or communities the new measures will be aimed at.

With this, it is clear that severer measures to keep in check immigration from outside the European Union into Britain are on the cards; and the proposed permanent cap on non-EU immigration ”is only the first step”.

The assertion came a day after the interim cap on non-EU immigration came into force.

Green reiteratited the government wanted a controlled change in population rate to enable public services to cope up with it. The immigration control is so designed as to reduce that pressure on public services.

The assertion came in response to verbal questions on the first day of the consultation process on the permanent cap initiated by chairman of the British parliament’s home affairs select committee Keith Vaz, MP.

He said as the first step the economic migration was being tackled, as there has to be a steady downward pressure on immigration into the country.

It was only one group. There were other groups they would be looking into. There was going to be an internal enforcement of laws in the next few months, he added.

The minister insisted people were living in the country who should not be and their attempts to dodge immigration controls by indulging in "like sham marriages, getting admitted to bogus colleges, or grabbing illegal work would be "clamped down". The entire process would be done publicly to send down a message."

Vaz added consultations on a number for the permanent cap was being done by the Migration Advisory Committee. It would give its recommendations which the government would consider.

Vaz added the Committee looks forward to discussing with the immigration minister the details of how both caps might work, the numbers involved and how they could be administered. They also wished to explore the impact a cap will have on British business and the economy.

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