The Prime Minister of England, Mr. David Cameron, has recently been in the limelight for passing some undeserved remarks against immigrants in the UK. It appears as if his primary strategy for winning the next elections is to secure votes by making striking changes to the immigration system.
In his article published in the Daily Telegraph, Mr. Cameron has emphasized on the accomplishments of his government over the past four years. These successes mostly included changes to the immigration system of the United Kingdom. Mr. Cameron also took this opportunity to mention some policies which are due to be introduced in the coming six months.
According to Mr.Cameron, the government policies are bases on three main ideas:
Cutting down on abuses of the system
Ensuring that the right people are coming here for the right reasons and
Ensuring the British people get a fair deal’
A short summary of the changes that are being made by Mr.Cameron is given below:
1. COLLEGES/EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO HAVE THEIR TIER 4 LICENSES WITHRAWN
Any college or educational institution which has allowed more than 10% ‘phony’ students to enroll will have their Tier 4 license withdrawn. It has been found that these colleges and universities are not being too careful in scrutinizing whether these students are genuine or not. It was found that many colleges allowed such students to enroll and later not bother with whether they are taking classes or not. Consequently, this allowed these students to remain in the country on their Tier 4 student visas all the while working full time. Although Tier 4 students must attend classes and study they are allowed to work for only 20 hours per week during the term.
2. LANDLORDS TO CHECK WHETHER TENANTS ARE STAYING LEGALLY
Onwards from November 24th this year, Landlords are instructed to check whether their tenants have legally been permitted to stay in the UK.
3. ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BARRED FROM OPENING BANK ACCOUNTS
Banks are required to check whether the migrants are legally staying in the country before allowing them to open a bank account. This will be in effect from December onwards.
4. COURTS ARE ALLOWED TO DEPORT CRIMINALS BEFORE IMMIGRATION APPEALS ARE HEARD
From August onwards, many non-native criminals who have been committing offences in England will be deported to their countries before immigration appeals are heard.
5. CURBING THE RIGHT TO FAMILY LIFE
It has been decided that before giving immigrants the right to bring their families, the British public interest must be considered as well. Cameron stated that the rights of law abiding citizens must be given preference over rights of criminals.
6. SHORTENING THE TIME FOR WHICH EU MIGRANTS CAN CLAIM UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FROM 6 MONTHS TO 3 MONTHS.
This is aimed at reducing the pull of the benefit system for non-natives.
7. JOBS IN THE UK MUST NOT BE ADVERTISED ABROAD EXCLUSIVELY
Mr. Cameron accused UK employers of trying to attract cheap labour from abroad when there were several unemployed locals in the vicinity. Hence the concept of ‘overseas only recruitment’ has been declared redundant.
According to the Mr. Cameron, these regulations have been proposed to reduce the attractiveness of the British benefits system for migrants. The aim is to achieve a more peaceful and fair country. However, many political analysts beg to differ. They see this as a weak and ineffective move. However, it serves Mr. Cameron’s intentions of gaining popularity in the upcoming election very well.