Magazine article Public Finance

Plan to Bring in Immigrants' Points System Condemned

Magazine article Public Finance

Plan to Bring in Immigrants' Points System Condemned

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Campaigners have attacked the introduction of an Australian-style immigration system, which they say ignores the plight of many highly skilled migrants who are already resident in the UK.

Immigration minister Liam Byrne this week announced the timetable for the introduction of the points-based system, which will allow migrants to come to the UK under one of five tiers, replacing more than 80 existing routes of entry.

Ministers intend that the new scheme, to be phased in from early 2008, will allow the government to manage migration more effectively, clamp down on abuse and attract the most talented workers into the economy.

But Rhian Beynon, a spokeswoman for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said: 'It is a mistake to believe that the only driver of immigration can be what the government wants to do for the economy. …

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