Post-Brexit immigration plan “will reduce unskilled EU arrivals by 90,000 a year” – but the number of skilled workers coming to the UK could increase
- Boris Johnson and Priti Patel signed a new immigration system last week
- Blueprint must be stamped by the entire cabinet during the Friday meeting
- Plans would reduce unskilled EU migration, but there could be more skilled workers
The government’s post-Brexit immigration system could reduce unskilled arrivals from the EU by 90,000 a year.
However, the reduction can be offset by an increase in skilled workers coming to the UK under the Australian-style blueprint.
Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel reportedly signed off on the new point-based schemes last week. It will be put in the full cabinet on Friday – after Mr. Johnson carries out his long-awaited rescheduling.
They should enter into force on January 1 next year after the Brexit transition period ends and the UK no longer has to follow the Brussels rules.
Boris Johnson (left) and Home Secretary Priti Patel (right) are said to have signed for the new point-based schemes last week
Official figures showed that the net long-term migration was 212,000 in the year until June
Johnson has insisted that he want to “suppress” immigration, but has dumped the previous Tory targets of the “tens of thousands.” Official figures showed that the net long-term migration was 212,000 in the year until June.
It is understood that the new scheme will scrap the route to the UK for unskilled migrants.
That could immediately reduce the number of unskilled EU migrants by 90,000 a year.
But officials would have predicted an increase in the number of skilled migrants to the UK – that was 65,000 a year according to the latest estimate.
Existing rules require skilled migrants from outside the EU to offer a job with a minimum wage of £ 30,000.
But this threshold is expected to be lowered to £ 25,600. That would be consistent with a recent report from the independent migration committee.
Employees who earn less can still get a visa to work in the UK if they work in a sector with a shortage of skills.
If you speak English well or have an ‘excellent’ educational background, you will receive ‘points’ for obtaining a visa.
A letter with the details of the policy will be sent to the cabinet this weekend prior to the Friday meeting.
Johnson – pictured at his cabinet in Sunderland last month – will reschedule on Thursday