UK to propose new laws to stop immigrants working illegally

British Prime Minister to propose new laws to tackle and control illegal immigrants working

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to recommend new laws on Thursday, to be included in the Queen Elizabeth the second's speech next week Wednesday, to stop immigrants in Britain from working illegally.

Next week on Wednesday Queen Elizabeth II will read out the new government’s policies during the ceremonial state opening of parliament.

According to fragments of Cameron’s speech released by his Downing Street office the Prime Minister will say, “The truth is it has been too easy to work illegally and employ illegal workers here.”

The speech also said that with new laws the government will make working illegally a criminal offence.

The law will give the right for businesses employing immigrants to know when visas have expired and also provide police with the right to seize wages paid to immigrants working illegally.

Britain is currently pushing for 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.

Net migration influx reaches highest levels since 2005

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

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.

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