ER Editor: We urge readers to look at the Migration Watch UK’s report, which is used as the basis for criticism of the government’s point-based immigration scheme. See Potential global pool of recruits under new Points-Based System. Of note:
A key factor determining the practical impact of the new Points-Based System is the size of the pool of eligible workers abroad. Our estimate, using cautious assumptions and based on a range of data sources, is that the pool might contain well over 600 million people. Even the possibility that it is of this magnitude means that for policy the matter should not be shrugged off as a ‘known unknown’.
So the new points-based system used by the UK government to recruit overseas workers has been relaxed, thus making it possible for more relevantly qualified people to apply – from around 80% of the world’s countries:
The new PBS weakens UK work visa rules for citizens of 80% of countries around the world. An April 2020 Home Office impact assessment states on p.27: “The potential supply (or pool) of eligible non-EEA labour (under the new PBS) [is] unknown.” However, a range of data sources exist from which the potential size of the non-EEA pool can be estimated, and any estimate of likely movement resulting can be further informed by the precedents of previous UK labour market ‘door openings’. The size of the global pool of young adults outside the EU educated to at least secondary level in the top 15 Tier 2 source countries is near 600 million. And near 80 million EU citizens too (Annex A below).
The Home Office (see the article below) has replied by saying that the scheme permits numbers to be reduced and that the government will be able to control the country’s borders for the first time. Which isn’t logical. Tightening up the points-based system by making it harder for overseas people to come in, not relaxing it, would obviously reduce the number of possible immigrants coming in under the scheme.
Johnson’s Conservative Party is no different to Starmer’s Labour. This is not what people wanted when they voted for Brexit. Both ‘sides’ of the fence have, in fact, been supporting these mass immigration policies for decades, driving down wages and the standard of living.
Points-based immigration system ‘will let 660MILLION people apply for work in Britain,’ critics warn
HOME AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT for THE DAILY MAIL
More than 660 million people of all nationalities will be eligible to apply for work visas under Britain’s points-based immigration system, critics warned last night.
Migration Watch UK said it could let immigration ‘spin out of control’.
It said the visa system, announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel this year, must be revised in the wake of Covid to let unemployed Britons find jobs.
Migration Watch UK has urged Mrs Patel to cap the number able to secure work visas under the scheme, which begins in January as Britain leaves the EU.
Migrants will have to speak English and hold a job offer to qualify. But the think-tank said the business sector will take advantage of the system to hire ‘cheaper, non-unionised overseas labour’.
Chairman Alp Mehmet added: ‘This scheme was drawn up long before the Covid crisis.
‘Now, with unemployment heading for several million, we cannot simply blunder on with unlimited immigration from all over the world. Immigration could spin out of control as it did under Labour. (ER: Illustrating the long-established observation that there is no fundamental difference between left and right political parties anymore.)
‘The only way to avoid a crisis is to put a cap on the numbers and then adjust as necessary. What is the point of taking control over immigration only to hand it over to business?’
Migration Watch UK’s analysis, published today, estimates 590 million young adults outside the EU are educated to at least secondary level in the top 15 ‘source countries’ – those whose citizens are most likely to come to Britain to work.
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