British prime minister determined to cut immigration

Despite figures released by Office for National Statistics UK’s prime minister vows to cut down immigration

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

UK’s prime minister David Cameron on Thursday, has vowed to implement new laws to prevent immigrants from working illegally in Britain and to cut down immigration figures which was his election promise five years ago.

On Thursday, Cameron’s Downing Street office released fragments of his policies and a bill on immigration as a recently elected government in the 2015 elections. Next week on Wednesday Queen Elizabeth II will read out the new government’s policies during the ceremonial state opening of the parliament.

Getting straight to the point, Cameron’s speech said the first step is to deal “with those [immigrants] who shouldn’t be here. That starts with making Britain a less attractive place to come and work illegally.”

Thousands of people come to the UK looking forward to a better lifestyle and working options, however, the government is aiming to cut this option down for many hopeful immigrants as it plans to cut down immigration to under 100,000 per year.

Opinion polls for the 2015 elections have constantly highlighted immigration as one of the crucial issues for voters in the United Kingdom.

One of Cameron’s most popular promises after coming into power in 2010, which he failed in keeping, was that his government would cut net migration below 100,000 per year.

According to data released on Thursday by the Office for National Statistics, 318,000 people moved to Britain in 2014 and 209,000 in 2013.

In 2014, a total of 641,000 people moved to the UK and 284,000 people immigrated for working options.

However, a proposal of the bill released by the prime minister states that businesses will be notified as soon as the working immigrant’s visas have expired and “illegal working” will be “a criminal offence in its own right.” If the law passes, police will have the right to seize wages paid to immigrants working illegally.

The government has also vowed to “crack down on the unscrupulous landlords who cram houses full of illegal migrants, by introducing a new mandatory licensing regime,” and added that “when visas expire, we’ll consult on cancelling tenancies automatically.”

Cameron has made it clear that illegal immigrants crackdowns on housing and employment is not enough and said that they will track down banking systems too.

“We’ve already made sure banks can’t let illegal immigrants open new accounts.”

Britain is currently pushing for a fast reform to help win a referendum over staying in the EU which is expected to take place in 2017.

Cameron said earlier last week that the government needs an EU treaty change for the British people to say “yes” in the EU referendum.

Cameron wants few changes over the conditions of migrant workers, such as demanding a “four-year qualification period” before they can receive any benefits.

EU members such as Germany believe that the proposed four year qualification period policy for migrant workers would be discrimination according to European laws. Members from Eastern Europe also do not want a treaty change, because it would affect their citizens working in Britain.

TRTWorld and agencies