Priti Patel, the UK Home Secretary, is striving to implement an Australia-style points-based system by the end of this year. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, is also calling for an immigration system like Australia’s in the UK.
The UK is determined to introduce an immigration system in Australia-style to coincide with the UK’s departure from the European Union. Ms. Patel said the UK ought to bring about change. State companies should be prepared for ending this year’s surge of low-skilled immigrants.
The United Kingdom needs to ensure skilled and talented staff from around the world come to the UK. It is also important, however, to monitor the immigration of a significant number of low-skilled workers into the UK.
Interestingly, the UK’s Tier 2 Visa category already runs on a points-based system. Applicants need to score at least 40 points to qualify for the Visa.
The UK has yet to announce how the proposed point-based system could look like. This has generated concern among UK companies about recruiting post Brexit foreign staff. And the government The immigration policies weren’t very forthcoming, but one thing is clear: the country would severely restrict low-skilled migrants.
PM Johnson commented about a points-based immigration system in the UK-Africa investment summit. He said that Africa should consider the UK an investment partner of choice. The UK will aim for fairness and equality; treating people from all countries as equal. Putting people before passports will help attract the best and the brightest from across the world.
Priti Patel’s push for an Australia-style immigration system has also met its fair share of criticism. Some believe that companies will need at least two years to adapt to the new system. Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary, believes that it is a “reactionary policy” which could be detrimental to public services like the NHS and other private sectors.
The new point-based system would greatly restrict low-skilled labor inflows. Mr. Johnson said low-skilled workers would only be allowed to enter the UK if there is a specific shortage of labour.
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