Critics attack 'hostile' plan

Immigrants ‘need to speak English’ under points system

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Restaurants are among those using immigrant labour (pic: Terry Murden)

British companies will be discouraged from employing cheap labour from the EU under post-immigration plans unveiled by the government.

The Home Office said these workers may not get visas and that companies would instead be encouraged to train their own workers and develop more automation.

EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after free movement ends on 31 December but they will need to accumulate “points”.

They will need at least 70 points to work in Britain, with points awarded for speaking English.

All migrants will need to earn at least £25,600 a year and must hold an offer for a job which meets the ‘skills test’.

However, the minimum salary is flexible which means an applicant could earn as little as £20,480 a year if they meet other criteria, such as filling a job where there are shortages.

All successful migrants will still be entitled to bring dependant relatives with them.

It as a “disastrous one-size-fits-no-one policy

–Stuart McDonald, SNP MP

Labour described the plan as “hostile” and likely to lead to shortages. The construction industry relies on three million overseas workers. Hospitality, health and agriculture also hire large numbers of immigrants.

SNP immigration spokesman Stuart McDonald MP, described it as a “disastrous one-size-fits-no-one policy that poses a very real threat to Scotland and leaves businesses and the public with just 10 months to prepare for it”.

He said: “Instead of a much vaunted new ‘Australian Points Based system’, they’ve simply tweaked the failed policies of the past.

“Free movement is about the only bit of the UK migration system that works well – we should retain it, not scrap it. Ending it will be bad for business and bad for the economy, and risks putting the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of EU citizens in jeopardy.”

It is the biggest shake-up of our immigration system in a generation and is what the public rightly demand

– Priti Patel, Home Secretary

But Home Secretary Priti Patel said the new system would mean “the brightest and the best will be able to come to the United Kingdom”. Highly skilled workers – such as scientists – will be able to come without a job offer.

She said she had listened to the “clear message” from the 2016 Brexit referendum and the 2019 General Election that the public wanted “a reduction in low-skilled immigration.”

‘Today we set out our historic blueprint for taking back control of our borders,” she said. “It is the biggest shake-up of our immigration system in a generation and is what the public rightly demand.”

Employers will be encouraged to recruit from Britain’s pool of 1.3m unemployed, or pay higher wages to ensure they retain existing staff.

One Comment to Immigrants ‘need to speak English’ under points system

  1. I am a Portuguese who has been in UK for over 20 years. I feel that, the Settled Status scheme is a way to treat Europeans like if they were from a different hierarchy, categorising each and every individual differently.

    I do not feel that I am welcomed here anymore. I thought this country was welcoming to Europeans, but, I sense a lot of things have changed and I am taking the necessary measures to move out by next year.

    I am proud to be European and always will be. It is unclear as to whether the 3.5 million Europeans living here can definately stay. I have done the settled status scheme, but, the scheme itself does not ensure if I can stay here legally or not, I am being treated differently and I have even noticed that whilst being here.

    The Government now has just stated they will be introducing a new point system to curb migration numbers. Now that the British voted for the removal of their membership to the EU, now they will feel our contribution was not in vain after all.

    EUROPEANS CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR SYSTEM, NOT ALL EUROPEANS ARE HERE TO STEAL YOUR WAGES, YOUR BENEFITS ETC, WE ARE HERE TO WORK AND MAKE SOMETHING WITH OUR LIVES. If you all think I am here to rob your jobs, you are thinking wrong. I have worked my entire life and never received any benefits, never been on the dole, unlike some british that I know, They have never worked in their lives and claiming benefits. Now, I want to see whether british will do the work I do. January of next year, Most Europeans will leave UK, If they leave, then, that is because they feel unwelcomed, they feel betrayed by the system and the feel that they have wasted their lives here.

    I will certainly be moving away, I do not want to feel betrayed, I will go to a country where I am welcomed, where people see the contributions I make in society, I feel so betrayed, I feel sad and depressed.

    Good luck to you all.

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