David Cameron announces new plans as UK immigration rises

Emboldened by the May 7 electoral majority, UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday announced a slew of measures to crack down on illegal immigrants that include making it an offence for them to work, and to confiscate their earnings as “proceeds of crime”.
Updated on May 22, 2015 12:10 AM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times | By, London

Emboldened by the May 7 electoral majority, UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday announced a slew of measures to crack down on illegal immigrants that include making it an offence for them to work, and to confiscate their earnings as “proceeds of crime”.

A new bill to this effect will be included in the Queen’s Speech to the new Parliament next week. The measures were announced on a day when new figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that net migration during the last year was at one of its highest levels in recent years.

Cameron indicated that during the last coalition government, tough measures on immigration had been blocked by the Department of Business and Skills, which was headed by the senior Liberal Democrats leader, Vince Cable. The new steps include additional curbs on employers to recruit from outside the European Union.

He said, "The truth is it has been too easy to work illegally and employ illegal workers here. So we’ll take a radical step — we’ll make illegal working a criminal offence in its own right. That means wages paid to illegal migrants will be seized as proceeds of crime".



The new measures are targeted not only at people from outside the European Union, but also from those within the union, who have the right of free movement. As Britain’s economy recovers, there has been a significant increase of migrants coming from within the EU.

The new Immigration Bill, he said, would focus on three aspects: Dealing with those who should not be in Britain, by rooting out illegal immigrants and boosting deportations; reforming immigration and labour market rules, to reduce the demand for skilled migrant labour and crack down on the exploitation of low-skilled workers; and addressing the spike in EU migration by renegotiating in Europe.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Prasun Sonwalkar was Editor (UK & Europe), Hindustan Times. During more than three decades, he held senior positions on the Desk, besides reporting from India’s north-east and other states, including a decade covering politics from New Delhi. He has been reporting from UK and Europe since 1999.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • A forensic technician ties a used police line together to seal off a crime scene in Monterrey. 

    Man dies in jet-propelled truck crash at US air show

    Video taken at the Battle Creek Executive Airport by apparent air show attendees and posted on social media showed the truck losing control, bursting into flames and crashing, flipping over multiple times as horrified spectators looked on.

  • An ambulance and armed police are seen during the evacuation of people at the Fields shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022 after Danish media reported a shooting. (Photo by Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP)

    3 dead after shooting at shopping mall in Copenhagen; one arrested

    The Royal House said on its website late on Sunday that an event in southern Denmark to commemorate the end of the first three stages of the Tour de France cycling race, hosted by the Danish Crown Prince and with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in attendance, had been cancelled.

  • People rally in support of abortion rights Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Texas clinics halt abortions after state high court ruling

    The Friday night ruling stopped a three-day-old order by a Houston judge who said clinics could resume abortions up to six weeks into pregnancy. The following day, the American Civil Liberties Union said it doubted that any abortions were now being provided in a state of nearly 30 million people.

  • Other places from which Google will not store location data include fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, and weight loss clinics.

    Google to delete user location history on US abortion clinic visits

    "If our systems identify that someone has visited one of these places, we will delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit," Jen Fitzpatrick, a senior vice president at Google, wrote in a blog post. "This change will take effect in the coming weeks."

  • Professor Ajay Agrawal, who was honoured with the Order of Canada in the 2022 list. (Credit: University of Toronto)

    Two Indo-Canadian academics honoured with Order of Canada

    Two Indo-Canadian academics, working on research to advance the betterment of mankind, have been honoured with one of the country's most prestigious awards, the Order of Canada. Their names were in the list published by the office of the governor-general of Canada Mary Simon. Both have been invested (as the bestowal of the awards is described) into the Order as a Member. They are professors Ajay Agrawal and Parminder Raina.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, July 04, 2022