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Only ‘quality’ migrants welcome, says UK

world Updated: Feb 03, 2012 00:49 IST
non-EU immigrants

In a move bound to create ripples, Britain on Thursday announced a shift of focus in its immigration policy which now seeks to welcome only those Indian and other non-EU immigrants “who add to the quality of life” barring others with a low income potential.

Two proposals outlined in a major speech by immigration minister Damian Green are likely to affect Indian professionals and migrants. The government has already announced its intention to scrap the Post-Study Work visa for non-EU students, which has been popular among Indians.

Non-EU professionals whose annual income at the end of mandatory five years work and stay in the UK is less than 31,000 pounds will need to return to their countries of origin.

Only those with an income higher than this will be allowed to stay here permanently.