The UK government is urging employers to ‘move away’ from relying on ‘cheap labour’ from Europe as it unveils new immigration plans set to take impact from January 2021.
A new points-based immigration system is set to come into force after the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020. The government says that the new system ‘will end free movement, reassert control of our borders and restore public trust’. Under the system, low-skilled workers would not get visas to stay in the UK.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said;
“Today is a historic moment for the whole country.
“We’re ending free movement, taking back control of our borders and delivering on the people’s priorities by introducing a new UK points-based immigration system, which will bring overall migration numbers down.
“We will attract the brightest and the best from around the globe, boosting the economy and our communities, and unleash this country’s full potential.”
There is no longer set to be an overall cap on the number of skilled workers who can come to the UK, provided they meet the requirements of the points-based system.
Individuals will need to gain 70 points to be able to work in the UK. Points will be awarded for a variety of qualifications and characteristics. We’ve explained how the system is set to work here.
The plans have been criticised by The Royal College of Nursing, who said the plans would “not meet the health and care needs of the population”. Meanwhile, Minette Batters, the president of the National Farmers’ Union said there was a “failure to recognise British food and farming’s needs”.
Priti Patel said today that Britain’s eight million “economically inactive” adults can take the place of low-skilled workers from abroad, however, this suggestion has been criticised. The SNP called the suggestion a “ridiculous or dangerous idea”, saying that some members of this group were suffering from “ill health or injury”. The eight million also includes students as 27% of the figure.
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