UK Announces Limits On Regular Migration As It Tries To Turn Polls Around
Faizan Hashmi Published December 05, 2023 | 01:10 AM
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Dec, 2023) Britain's embattled Conservative government unveiled a raft of measures Monday aimed at cracking down on record levels of migration -- a key battleground in a general election expected next year.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's office trumpeted the proposals as "the biggest clampdown on legal migration ever".
But critics said it would damage the state-run National Health Service (NHS), which faces staff shortages.
Sunak has pledged to reduce new arrivals and has been under pressure ever since statistics released last month showed that net migration to Britain hit a high in 2022.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of people who arrived in Britain last year was 745,000 more than the number who left.
"Enough is enough," the home secretary told parliament as he laid out his proposals, which will take effect early next year.
Care England, a charity representing independent adult social care providers, said immigration had been "saving the social care sector". Staff shortages have been exacerbated by Brexit.
Cleverly also raised the minimum income for family visas to £38,700 and confirmed restrictions on international students bringing dependents.
He reaffirmed that Britain would increase the surcharge that migrants pay to access the NHS by 66 percent, to £1,035.
Critics have said this effectively imposes a double charge on migrant workers, as employees also pay National Insurance charges, which go towards covering healthcare.
- 'Do or die' -
The ONS data piled pressure on Sunak from his own MPs to take action, with some right-wingers arguing that the issue was "do or die" for the party.
In opinion polls, the Tories, in power since 2010, lag well behind centre-left Labour, which also claims regular migration is too high.
Labour's home affairs spokesperson Yvette Cooper accused the Conservatives of being in a "chaotic panic" over immigration.
About 30,000 have undertaken the dangerous crossing this year.
UN aid chief condemns Gaza shootings
CPC leadership discusses draft government work report
Ten held for arranging a dance party
PHA to start development work at Shah Shams Park
Chad government on alert after attack on security services
Joint strategy chalked out for drainage during expected rain: Deputy Mayor Karac ..
NAB DG arranges open court, assures affectees of compensation
May-9 violence: ATC grants interim bail to PTI leader in 9 cases
Nationwide training of Hujjaj continues at tehsil, district levels
Balochistan CM's election on Saturday
Stocks climb after US inflation dips
Chairman PRCS announces comprehensive relief efforts in Gwadar
More Stories From World
UN aid chief condemns Gaza shootings1 minute ago
CPC leadership discusses draft government work report1 minute ago
Chad government on alert after attack on security services4 minutes ago
Biden, Trump set for rival US-Mexico border visits2 hours ago
Israeli troops fire on Gaza crowd at aid point, health officials say 104 killed2 hours ago
Israel strikes kill Hezbollah fighter near Syria-Lebanon border: monitor2 hours ago
UNSC reform should not serve interest of few countries: China2 hours ago
Türkiye rises 10 ranks in Brand Finance's Global Soft Power Index2 hours ago
China's gov't departments handle 12,480 suggestions, proposals in 20232 hours ago
WHO seeks more funds to curb cholera outbreak in Somalia2 hours ago
China sees surge in air passenger trips in January3 hours ago
Paris Olympic village ready on time as confidence grows3 hours ago