UK will de­port non-EU work­ers if they earn less than 35,000 pounds

The Pak Banker - - 6BUSINESS -

LON­DON: In a new set of im­mi­gra­tion rules an­nounced by the Bri­tish govern­ment, non-Euro­pean Union (EU) res­i­dents who earn less than 35,000 Bri­tish pounds will be de­ported. The new rules will come into ef­fect from April 6.

The regulation will be ap­pli­ca­ble to skilled work­ers who have lived in UK for less than 10 years, and earn less then the stip­u­lated amount of 35,000 pounds. Cer­tain jobs, such as nurs­ing, are ex­empt from the regulation.

A pe­ti­tion to re­peal the new reg­u­la­tions has been signed by 100,000 Bri­tish cit­i­zens, and was also dis­cussed in the par­lia­ment ear­lier this week, but the Bri­tish govern­ment in­sists that the new reg­u­la­tions are fair and the peo­ple have had many years to pre­pare. The pe­ti­tion has gar­nered sup­port from SNP, Labour and Green mem­bers of par­lia­ments (MPs).

"In the past it has been too easy for some busi­nesses to bring in work­ers from over­seas rather than to take the long-term de­ci­sion to train our work­force here at home," said a Bri­tish Home Of­fice spokesman. In an im­pact as­sess­ment, the Home Of­fice es­ti­mated that the new salary thresh­old will cost the Bri­tish econ­omy be­tween 181m pounds and 171m pounds. Other or­gan­i­sa­tions have cited a much higher amount, 761m pounds.

The Bri­tish govern­ment has ad­mit­ted that the new mea­sures will have a "mod­est" ef­fect on re­duc­ing net im­mi­gra­tion.

"We do not be­lieve there should be an au­to­matic link be­tween com­ing to work in the UK tem­po­rar­ily and stay­ing per­ma­nently. The 35,000 thresh­old was set fol­low­ing ad­vice from the Mi­gra­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, an in­de­pen­dent ad­vi­sory body con­sist­ing of ex­pert labour mar­ket econ­o­mists, and was equiv­a­lent to the me­dian pay of the UK pop­u­la­tion in skilled jobs," said the Bri­tish Home Of­fice while jus­ti­fy­ing the new im­mi­gra­tion reg­u­la­tions.

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