Author: Adarsh Girijadevi

Net migration will be slashed by tens of thousands as Brexit gives us control

The Prime Minister said the policy “hasn’t been watered down” but refused to offer a date when she will achieve the goal because she is “constantly working” to close immigration loopholes.Ahead of her address to the Conservative party conference on Wednesday, Mrs May was forced to defend her stance on immigration.

Speaking to BBC’s Radio 5 Live, she said: “First of all, the policy hasn’t been watered down.

“We still believe we want to net migration down to sustainable levels – that means in the tens of thousands – so the policy hasn’t changed.“Of course, what has changed, is when we leave the European Union we will able to bring control to the movement of people from the EU into the United Kingdom.“That is part of the immigration system we haven’t been able to have control over in the past, but as an independent sovereign country, of course we will be able to have that control.”

She was then challenged by presenter Rachel Burden to give a date when she would be aiming to deliver the promise for.

Mrs May replied:

“I think if you listen to any of the interviews I’ve given on immigration over the six years I was home secretary and those I’ve continued to give as Prime Minister I’ve always made the point that in immigration you actually have to be constantly looking at the issue, you have to be constantly working to make sure you’re closing any loopholes that people might try to find in the system.“That’s what we continue to do and continue to look at immigration from outside the European Union as well as looking at what would be the right controls to bring in the future movement from the EU.”

Despite not outlining an exact date, Mrs May’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Britain will not wait until Brexit to begin cutting levels of migration.Ms Rudd is expected to use her conference speech today to announce plans to limit the number of non-EU migrants in a bid to cut the level of net migration in the run up to Brexit.

Ministers have been examining plans to restrict student visas so that only the brightest and best foreign students can move to Britain to study.Speaking at a fringe meeting, Ms Rudd said that she believe immigration is a “good thing” but said it does not mean “we can’t control the amount of migrants we have coming here”.


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Britain will not wait for Brexit to cut migration, Amber Rudd to say

Britain will not wait until Brexit to begin cut level of migration, the Home Secretary is expected to say as she unveils a crackdown on people coming to the UK from outside the EU.Amber Rudd is expected to use her conference speech to announce plans to limit the number of non-EU migrants in a bid to cut the level of net migration in the run up Brexit.

It comes after Theresa May announced that Britain will trigger Article 50 and begin the formal process of leaving the EU in March next year, meaning Brexit will not take place until 2019.Ministers have been examining plans to restrict student visas so that only the brightest and best can come to study at reputable universities in Britain.

Speaking at a fringe meeting yesterday Mrs Rudd said that she believes immigration is a “good thing” but said it does not mean “we can’t control the amount of migrants we have coming here”.She said that she will be judged “harshly” if she fails to reduce the level of net migration to tens of thousands, but suggested it is more important that Britain has “control”.

She said: “Some people do come up to me and say all we want is control, we don’t mind so much about the numbers. We want to make sure we have got control.”However she warned that any curbs to free movement of EU migrants could not be allowed to “damage” the economy, amid suggestions that highly-skilled and key workers will be exempted.

Asked if she agreed with Leave campaigners who want to see more immigration from the Commonwealth, Ms Rudd, who is in charge of immigration policy, replied: “I don’t think it’s helpful to refight the campaign.”She also appeared to criticised Theresa May for suggesting that a parliamentary vote on Brexit would “subvert” democracy. “Those aren’t the words I would use,” she said.

She also warned that more children are being trafficked to the “Jungle” camp in Calais as she defended Britain’s border controls.The Government has come under pressure to accept more child refugees from the camp, which the French authorities are preparing to destroy.

However Mrs Rudd said:  “There is a view that the average age of children in the camp has come down recently. That may be because they know we are going to be taking some of these children.”You have to be so careful not to encourage the traffickers who are the people preying on these vulnerable children. There is a very very brutal, nastry trade in people going on.

“I think it is crucial that the message we sent is that we will take people from the camps in Syria and Libya and continue to give the message that just because you come over to France and you’re illegal, you cannot necessarily get to the UK. Otherwise we do not help people.”

She also  suggested that the sexual harassment of young women should be considered a hate crime by the police. The Home Secretary said she “really welcomes” police forces which have had the “strength to call out” harassment.

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Home Secretary dismisses Boris Johnson’s suggestion that immigration from Australia could increase after Brexit

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has dismissed a suggestion from her Cabinet colleague Boris Johnson by insisting the Government has “no plans” to make it easier for Australians to come to Britain after Brexit.

Ms Rudd said she does not want to increase immigration from Australia, despite the Foreign Secretary’s insistence last month that it would be a “fantastic thing” if the UK had a “more sensible system” for dealing with migration between the two countries. Mr Johnson had met his Australian counterpart last month for a bilateral meeting in London and said: “I’m very confident that we will be able to at least sketch out, pencil in, the essentials of a very progressive deal that will be good for Australia, good for the UK, good for Europe and good for the world.”

Asked about Mr Johnson’s comments, she told a Times Red Box fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham: “Somebody promised to increase immigration from Australia, who would that be?” When the questioner replied “Mr Johnson”, Ms Rudd went on: “Mr Johnson again, yes.“There are no plans to increase immigration from Australia… We have a very good relationship with Australia and young persons’ access, particularly to Australia, is very good.“Julie Bishop [the Australian foreign minister] was over just a few weeks ago, we agreed that it was a good thing. She is aware, as everybody is, that everything is under review. But I do think that that particular scheme with Australia works very well, so I wouldn’t envisage a change.”

Ms Rudd also cast aside indications from her Cabinet colleagues that certain groups will be exempt from the Government’s curbs to immigration after Britain leaves the EU. The Chancellor Philip Hammond has previously signalled that highly skilled workers, including bankers and businessmen, will be exempt while Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, has indicated that European builders will be allowed to work in Britain following Brexit.But speaking at a fringe event in Birmingham, Mr Rudd said she had “noticed” that “all different ministers are going around saying my lot are going to be fine”.

The Home Secretary added: “But the fact is we’re still doing the work on it. The Prime Minister has said we will be changing freedom of movement within the European Union. We will. My department is leading on this and we are looking at the best way to implement that and I’m going to be taking it forward to the Brexit Cabinet committee in due course. We’ve got to make sure that we don’t disadvantage our economy as we do it.”Asked whether the ministers were getting “overexcited”, Ms Rudd replied: “Well I think ministers are entirely rightly complaining on behalf of their constituent parts and I’m listening carefully.”


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Director General of UK Visas & Immigration Sarah Rapson to leave Home Office

Sarah Rapson, Director General of UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) at the Home Office, will be leaving the Home Office in October to take up the post of Director of Authorisations at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Prior to joining UKVI as Director General in March 2014, Sarah worked in a number of high profile roles in the Home Office, including Chief Executive of the Passport Office (now HM Passport Office).

Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill said:

Sarah has served the Home Office and the public with great distinction and success, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her service. Under her leadership, HM Passport Office was consistently ranked as one of the top performing public sector organisations for customer service. Leading UKVI, Sarah has established a confident, able and transformed organisation. I wish her every further success in her new role.

Sarah Rapson said:

It’s been an honour to serve as Chief Executive of the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), Registrar General of England and Wales and the first Director General of UKVI alongside dedicated hard-working colleagues. I’m particularly proud that, during my tenure, IPS reduced the passport fee for the first time. While leading UKVI, we have focused on improving customer service and tackled many of the historic challenges that the organisation faced. I see my new role at the FCA as a continuation in many ways since the robustness and integrity of the financial system, so important to the UK economy, depends on ensuring the probity of firms and individuals within it.

Mark Thomson, Director General for HM Passport Office, will take over responsibility for UKVI, and will carry out the role alongside his leadership of HM Passport Office.

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Poll Reveals that more than half favour immigration controls over trade

The findings come after Theresa May tells party activists “we will decide for ourselves how we control immigration”. More than half of Britons think having complete control over immigration policy is more important than access to the EU single market in Brexit negotiations, a Sky Data Snap Poll reveals.

Some 52% prioritise controlling immigration while 40% think access to the single market is more important – 7% answered “don’t know”.

The findings come as Theresa May hit the headlines with a conference speech seen as focusing on a “hard Brexit”, insisting “we will decide for ourselves how we control immigration”.The Prime Minister has also pledged to invoke Article 50 – formally triggering the process of Britain leaving the EU – by the end of next March, and to introduce a Great Repeal Bill to overturn the 1972 Act that took the UK into the Common Market in 1972.

Following her speech, the pound fell below $1.29, around the lowest it has been since the EU referendum result.As with the EU referendum vote itself, the Sky Data poll revealed a marked divide in opinion by age.Those aged 18-34 would prioritise the single market 57% to 38%, while those aged 55 or older prioritised border control 65% to 27%.

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Corbyn’s defence of immigration splits shadow cabinet

Jeremy Corbyn has mounted a forceful defence of immigration from the EU and elsewhere before his party conference speech, causing a fresh split in his shadow cabinet.The Labour leader is expected to use his speech to promise a Labour government will not “sow division” by promising to cut immigration.

His position suggests Labour will not respond to the Brexit vote by seeking curbs on free movement of people across the EU, but senior shadow cabinet ministers have said there must be controls and the current system is in chaos.Speaking on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday morning, Corbyn said he understood “the problems that can come in some areas”, which is why he would create a “migrant impact fund” to ease pressure on public services.

He added: “Migrants that have come to this country make an enormous contribution to it. Our conference understands that and Tom Watson put that case very well about the work that migrants have done in the NHS and education and other industries … we should live with that but also understand the number of British people.”Pointing out that numbers vary from year to year, Corbyn said there were many industries such as farming that depended on migrant labour.

Asked if people should stop worrying about immigration, he said: “We have to allay people’s concerns about the impact … and recognise the huge contribution made to our economy and the numbers of people working in the NHS that are pretty crucial to the survival of the NHS.”Corbyn suggested the UK should continue to accept free movement from the EU, while maintaining access to the single market on the same basis as other member states.

But some of his frontbench allies were already striking a different tone, including Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, and Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary.In a conference intervention, Burnham will say: “Labour must face up fully to this fact: millions of our lifelong supporters voted to leave the EU and voted for change on immigration.”

Corbyn repeatedly said during the referendum campaign that he did not believe Britain should seek to cut immigration. The Labour leader will tell conference on Wednesday: “A Labour government will not offer false promises. We will not sow division or fan the flames of fear. We will instead tackle the real issues of immigration – and make the changes that are needed.”

Full story can be read here.

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Theresa May camp hits back at ‘lily-livered’ immigration claims

A new book claimed the then home secretary failed to support plans to curb EU immigrants coming into Britain.It claims Mrs May urged Mr Cameron not to demand an “emergency brake” in 2014 for fear of upsetting other EU leaders.But supporters of the prime minister say she wrote to Mr Cameron twice to make the case for such a measure.

Iain Watson, BBC political correspondent, said sources close to Mrs May had now taken the “unusual step” of releasing details of private correspondence between her and Mr Cameron.Our correspondent said those close to Mrs May had calculated it is “politically important to rebut the suggestion that she took a softer line on immigration”

According to the book – All Out War, by Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman – Mr Cameron had wanted to push for a so-called emergency brake as part of his EU renegotiation.Such a measure could have convinced voters he would be able to reduce immigration if Britain remained in the EU, it argued.

However, the book claims the former prime minister was persuaded against doing so by Mrs May and then foreign secretary Philip Hammond, now the chancellor. Mrs May feared demanding such a measure would upset German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it says.Mr Shipman quoted an aide to Mr Cameron as saying: “Hammond spoke first and argued we just couldn’t do something that would receive an immediate raspberry in Europe.”Theresa said very, very little, and simply said that we just couldn’t go against Merkel.”

The book said a “visibly deflated” Mr Cameron was said to have turned to one official and said: “I can’t do it without their support. If it wasn’t for my lily-livered cabinet colleagues….”

The full story can be read here.

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Work permits are the way to secure Brexit Britain’s borders

Some 35 million EU nationals arrive in the UK every year.  Of course, only those who intend to stay more than a year are counted as migrants. But the first key fact is that roughly 70 per cent of these EU migrants come here to work. This, therefore, is where we have to look to get the numbers down and reduce the strain on our public services and infrastructure.

The second key fact is that about 80 per cent of these EU workers are in low-skilled work, so a system of work permits confined to skilled workers would reduce the numbers substantially. It would not be the Australian system (which is designed to increase Australia’s population). We have our own system which could be suitably adapted, as the Prime Minister has pointed out.

The number of such work permits would have to be capped, and we would need to assume that the EU would reciprocate with work permits in some form. But the truth is that though our present cap on non-EU workers has been heavily criticised by employers, in its five years of existence it has never, on an annual basis, been reached. So a well-judged cap on EU migration would reassure the public that the numbers were being brought under control without undue difficulties for industry.

One category that should not be restricted is the transfer of senior staff within international companies. That already applies to non-EU staff, such as the Japanese, and must also be applied to EU personnel. By contrast, tight conditions would be needed over the self-employed as this could become a loophole wide open to exploitation.

There will inevitably be winners and losers as a result of these measures. Some employers, for example in the agricultural and hospitality sectors, will face problems of transition. They are bound to complain vociferously but it is not as if their employees, mainly from Eastern Europe, are going to disappear in a puff of smoke. There will be a period of years in which their numbers will tend to run down and during which employers could make some adjustments. They could invest in productivity improvements or improve their pay and conditions so as to draw into the labour force some of the 1.5 million British workers who are currently unemployed.

There will be other losers – those, for example, who have benefited from cheaper nannies and cheaper restaurants. The winners will be those whose jobs, wages and local services have been under pressure and who, accordingly, voted in large numbers for Brexit.

Courtesy:  : ANDREW GREEN,

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Theresa May urges global measures to tackle ‘uncontrolled migration’

At the UN summit in New York, the prime minister said the migration crisis had been “exacerbated” by “unprecedented” numbers of economic migrants.She urged a change in approach, saying refugees should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.

The UN says a record number of people have been displaced by conflict.It estimates that 65.3 million people were either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced at the end of 2015, an increase of five million in a year.

The UN summit for refugees and migrants is aiming to agree a “more humane and coordinated approach”.Addressing world leaders, Mrs May called for a greater distinction between refugees and people trying to enter a country for economic reasons.

But she said the current levels of “uncontrolled migration” were not in the interests of the migrants or the countries involved, and served to reduce popular support for refugees.

“We need to be clear that all countries have the right to control their borders and protect their citizens and be equally clear that countries have a duty to manage their borders, to reduce onward flows of illegal and uncontrolled migration,” she said.

She argued that refugees should seek asylum in the first safe country they arrived in because the current trend of onward movement exposed them to increased danger and benefited criminal gangs.

Such an approach would bar EU countries from allowing migrants to travel onwards from countries like Greece, Italy and France through Europe to Britain.

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Theresa May rejects points-based system for EU nationals

Theresa May has rejected a points-based system for controlling EU migration, one of the key promises of Leave campaigners during the referendum. Speaking in China, the PM acknowledged people had voted for more control on the numbers of people moving to the UK.

But she questioned whether a point-based model would work and Number 10 later said it was “not an option”.Mrs May is attending the G20 summit of world leaders in Hangzhou, her first international summit as prime minister.

Although Mrs May supported remaining in the EU, she has said that the Brexit vote must be respected and suggested that curbs on the current free movement of EU citizens into the UK would be a red line in future negotiations with the EU.

But she told journalists in China that exercising greater control did not necessarily mean an Australian-style points system for deciding the number of skilled and unskilled workers who could come into the UK every year from the EU and beyond – with numbers to be determined by MPs.Asked whether she was concerned this was too blunt an instrument, she replied: “One of the issues is whether or not points-based systems do work. A lot of people talk about a points-based system as always being the answer in immigration.

Her spokesman went further, saying: “The precise way in which the government will control the movement of EU nationals to Britain after Brexit is yet to be determined. However, as the PM has said many times in the past, a points-based system will not work and is not an option.”

Mrs May also indicated that EU citizens may continue to have preferential rights to live and work in the UK after Brexit.She said people “wanted to see an ability to be able to control the movement of people from the European Union. And obviously that’s what I say, not free movement as it has been in the past”.

During a series of interviews, Mrs May also declined to guarantee the UK would use money saved by leaving the EU to spend another £100m a week on the NHS or cut VAT on energy bills.

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