Cameron Announces Crackdown on Immigration
His aim is to reduce immigration to the levels of the 1980s because under the last Labour Government the ‘door was left permanently open’.
He said that ‘we must control how many people come into the country’ – also adding that ‘we have to be much better at finding illegal immigrants and getting them out’ however inventors, entrepreneurs and scientists will be welcomed in an attempt to kick start the economy.
He has promised ‘tough limits, not weak minimum thresholds’ as he addressed student visas, family migration and illegal immigration.
His aim is to reduce net migration considerably, matching those levels of the 1980s and 90s after admitting that two thirds of the new jobs created in Britain since 1997 had gone to immigrants.
‘I believe that will mean net migration to this country will be in the order of tens of thousands each year, not the hundreds of thousands every year that we have seen over the last decade.’
An upfront bond worth thousands of pounds will need to be paid by families who want relatives from overseas to settle in Britain. This would ensure migrants do not become a ‘burden on the taxpayer’ by claiming benefits and not working.