In today’s blog post we will examine the new proposals that are to be included in the new immigration bill set out by Immigration Minister James Brokenshire.
The new bill which is to be introduced in the coming months will specifically contain measures against takeaways and restaurants who are found guilty of employing illegal immigrants. If a business is found to be guilty of employing illegal migrants then they may be temporarily closed down, have their licences removed or suspended and employers could be prosecuted under new powers to be given to UK immigration officials.
It is thought that these new stricter, tougher measures are being created in response to the ongoing immigration and humanitarian crisis that is developing in Calais. Over the past 2 to 3 months Calais has found itself to be the centre of a migrant crisis with increasing numbers of migrants stretching the already limited migrant camps and facilities in the area. The past few weeks have witnessed a growing number of migrants desperately trying to enter the UK by concealing themselves in trucks and even walking through the Channel tunnel.
The idea behind the new proposals is to desmonstrate that the UK is tough on illegal immigration and is supposed to act as a deterrant to would be illegal immigrants who seek to enter the UK and work illegally.
Workers who are found to be illegally working in the UK could face a 6 month prison sentence and have their wages confiscated. Whereas those who are found to be guilty of employing illegals could face jail time of up to 5 years as well as substantial fines if it is found that the relevent background checks were not properly undertaken.
As growing pressure mounts from the public to combat what is seen as a wave of illegal immigration, ministers are eager to announce the new immigration bill to show that they are attempting to tackle the issue. The latest immigration figures are to be released by the Home Office this week and will make interesting reading as to the claims of various politicians that immigration is indeed out of control.
We are introducing a new feature here at Westkin Associates where we will be using the quarterly Home Office data to compile handy infographics breaking down the various immigration categories. We previously provided information relating to the top 10 nationalities for Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor visas as well as Tier 2 General visas.
These latest proposals form the backdrop to a range of new measures that aim to show that the Conservative government is tough on immigration and that the UK is in no way soft towards both legal and illegal immigration. Over the past few months the government also announced that it is looking to raise the minimum salary requirements for Tier 2 general workers as well as additional measures to combat illegal immigrants who rent properties in the UK. Whether or not these measures will be successful or not remains to be seen but whatever the outcome it is clear that the government is looking to establish a no nonsense approach to immigration.
What do you think? Will these measures truely discourage illegal immigrants from entering the UK? Or is it simply more anti-immigration posturing from the UK government?
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