New Immigration System Edges a Step CloserPosted in : Quarterly Reviews on 19 May 2020
The new points-based immigration system designed to replace freedom of movement with the EU has passed its second reading in Parliament. The immigration bill was approved by 351 votes to 252 – mainly due to the large Conservative majority in the House of Commons. The new immigration system is expected to be implemented for the 1 January 2021 treating both EU and non-EU nationals equally under the points-based system.
Home secretary Priti Patel said the proposed new immigration system will be “firmer, fairer and simpler” and would “lay the foundation for a high-wage, high-skill, high-productivity economy”. Critics argue the new rules will be too restrictive for key sectors including care,
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