Report Proposes 'Fair Deal' On UK Immigration

By Editorial 18 March, 2014

A UK think-tank has outlined proposals for what it describes as a 'Fair Deal' on immigration, which it says would support "a wider effort to create a fairer economy."

The center-left Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says that its approach balances "what is rational, what is right, and what is realistic." It describes its plans as more likely to win mainstream support, with emphasis placed on economic benefits.

Proposed changes include a new Migrant Worker program with two pathways:

The Migrant Worker program would also cover those on working holidays (currently Tier 5).

However, those coming to the UK would be expected "to play a full part in British society" and to learn English, while partners entering the UK would be required to have a "high level" of spoken and written English before arrival. Citizenship would be dependent on passing a test and on building up a "record of contribution," primarily through working and paying tax, but also possibility by volunteering or acting as a carer. There should also be a public services levy of GBP200 (USD333) payable by all non-EU migrants who come to the UK for more than 12 months, it recommends.

The IPPR report also considers measures to mitigate the effects of EU migration. It suggests banning employment agencies from exclusively advertising UK-based jobs, and requiring government, employers, and unions to set out a joint strategy to improve pay and conditions in sectors overly dominated by EU migrants. EU migrants could also be automatically enrolled in citizenship classes, it says.

Tags: United Kingdom | Expats | Immigration | Immigration |


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