It is said that the ‘honeymoon’ stage of the new prime minister’s tenure in 10 Downing Street is over with the recent by-election results. To Top London immigration solicitors it was a short honeymoon given the countdown to Brexit. In some papers, it is reported that Boris Johnson has purchased, using Conservative party funds, a £500 clock to help countdown to Brexit. The clock apparently monitors the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the new Brexit deadline of 11 pm on the 31 October 2019.
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EU citizens and digital tracking
EU Immigration and digital tracking – the statistics
• The UK currently tracks only around 142,000 non-EEA migrant workers under the Sponsor Licence system. The Home Office Sponsor Licence places a great deal of bureaucracy on employers who have to comply with what can be onerous Sponsor Licence duties. Expecting 6,000 hard pressed UK Visas and Immigration staff or business to monitor an extra 2.4 million EU citizens just will not work in practice;
• People are not like cans of beans that can easily be digitally monitored as part of stock control. A labour market is a dynamic force, made up of individuals who move employer or change their status and monitoring their movements would commit enormous resources for dubious gains;
• In the UK, there are more people in work since records began. The UK is as close to full employment as it is possible to get. At the same time, net EU migration has fallen to about 74,000 people, the lowest level since 2008;
• The UK is competing for migrant workers with the rest of Europe. Migrants are attracted to countries that offer the best rate of pay and make them feel welcome;
• Historically, particularly London and the South East have benefitted in higher levels of EU migration than in other areas of the UK. That has been reflected in the economic growth in London and South East;
• It is, in the words of Stephen Slater, “a statistical fantasy” to say that EU migrant workers take jobs away from UK workers or force down wages. The Migration Advisory Committee reviewed the research and concluded that there was no evidence to say migrant workers forced down salaries;
• Britain’s economy will suffer and go into recession if the Immigration model is broken and business owners are not able to recruit the migrant workers they need to grow their businesses. This could create irrevocable harm to UK industry and the future of the country;
• Politicians from both the Conservative and Labour parties have called for the introduction of an Australian style points-based Immigration system to control Immigration post Brexit. Some have questioned if this is the best way forward but Stephen Slater says the reality is that we already have a points based Immigration system in place. Adopting the Australian points based system would just tinker with the Immigration control that the UK already has in operation.
Boris Johnson – what lies ahead for EU Immigration?
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Posted on: Tuesday, 06 August, 2019