UK Prime Minister was criticized over immigration rules
David Cameron was criticized by a range of UK business leaders after he agreed that immigration is a constant drain for the “UK economy”. The Prime Minister was answering questions at the Bentley car plant in Crewe, North West England, when he was asked why he did nothing to stop immigration which was a ‘constant drain’ on the economy. He replied ‘I basically agree with you…in the last decade, we have had an immigration policy that’s completely lax. The pressure it puts on our public services and communities is too great’. By saying this Cameron was trying to persuade the audience that his part was improving the situation after years of mismanagement by the Labor part.
The government ruled by the Conservative coalition promised that it will cut the net immigration from 260 000 people per year to tens of thousands. The current number of net immigration is 150 000. In order to achieve this government has implemented many new rules. Some of them include the introduction of a cap on the number of Tier 2 (General) visas for skilled migrants and abolishment of the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) and Tier 1 (General) visas which allowed ‘high value migrants’ to remain in the UK.
Many of these measures have been unpopular with UK businesses. Dr Steve Davis of the right-wing think tank The Institute for Economic Affairs spoke to The Huffington Post, an online news site, and said ‘Why is it that immigrants are a drain and a cost when they consume services provided by the government but an opportunity when they consume services provided by the private sector? The economics are so simple; immigrants are in general younger and less likely to be unemployed. Therefore, they are overwhelmingly net contributors to the public purse through the taxes they pay’.
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