Migration Watch UK responds to new immigration measures

Migration Watch UK responds to new immigration measures

December 08, 2023

Commenting on the changes announced today to the UK’s immigration system, Alp Mehmet, Chairman of Migration Watch UK said:

These measures are an admission that Conservative immigration policy has collapsed. If the government’s aim is now to reduce immigration by only 300,000 a year this will simply normalise what, until recently, was record breaking levels of net migration. The result will be a rapidly growing population with all the costs involved.

Notes to editors

The announced changes to the immigration system include:

  • Preventing overseas care workers bringing family dependants and require care firms in England to be registered with the Care Quality Commission to sponsor visas.
  • Increasing the earnings threshold by a third to £38,700 from next Spring for those using the skilled worker route, in line with the median full-time wage for these kinds of jobs.
  • Ending the 20 per cent going rate salary discount for shortage occupations and reforming the Shortage Occupation List.
  • More than doubling the minimum income for family visas to £38,700.

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