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UK harps on tackling student visas, marriage abuse

`Net immigration to drop with plans to tackle student abuse, toughing marriage routes’

6th January 2011: Apparently not in a position to check the inflow of workers from the EU to Britain, the government is now harping on the issue of tackling abuse of student visas, and toughening up marriage and family routes, to bring down net migration to the tens of thousands.

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Immigration Minister Damian Green has asserted: ‘Our proposals to tackle abuse by foreign nationals using student visas to gain work in the UK alongside new plans to toughen up marriage and family routes into the country will ensure that we bring net migration down to the tens of thousands.’

He added: ‘The UK Border Agency last year carried out two major enforcement campaigns to crack down on immigration crime, detaining, prosecuting and removing people and gangs who have been abusing the system through sham marriages, illegal working, people smuggling and document fraud’.

The assertion came soon after two Israeli men were deported after they were found working illegally on a stall at a Swindon shopping centre.

A third illegal worker – an Israeli woman – was also due to be removed from the country in the coming weeks.

Only recently, the Institute for Public Policy Research, a leading think-tank, warned the plans to impose the cap with the intention of steadily bringing down the migration levels may not work after all.

And the reason given by the institute is that there is nothing the Government can do to stop workers from the EU coming to Britain.
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The think tank has made it clear that net migration is improbable to register a dip much below 200,000 in 2011. The annual level will be the same as it has been for last decade.
The predictions go against to the Government’s assurance to confine immigration from ‘hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands’.

Approximately 120,000 Irish people are expected to leave the Republic in 2010 and 2011. A substantial number of them are likely to head to Britain as there are no language barrier or work restrictions.

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