Britain Further Tightens Rules For Immigrants

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Britain is further stepping up restrictions on foreign job seekers' access to welfare payments in an attempt to cut immigration, reports Reuters.

Polls show voters are concerned about immigration levels, a trend reflected in the rising popularity of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) which opposes "open door immigration" and has drawn support away from David Cameron's Conservatives.

UKIP is expected to come first or second in elections for the European Parliament next month, pushing the Conservatives into third place.

In response, Cameron has sought to appear tough on the issue by tightening visa rules for migrants from outside the European Union and by restricting access to welfare benefits for EU nationals.
Under rules announced on Tuesday, migrants from all countries who arrive in Britain to find work will have to wait for three months before being able to claim welfare payments for their children.
The announcement builds on a similar three-month waiting period for unemployment benefits, which was introduced earlier this year amid concerns that the lifting of restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian workers' right to come to Britain could prompt a surge in immigration.

New welfare claimants will also no longer have automatic access to translation services, and those who do not speak English will face unspecified sanctions unless they improve their language skills.

"These changes send a strong message that our welfare system is not open to abuse and will deter those who think that they can move to the UK primarily to claim benefits," said Nicky Morgan, a junior minister in Britain's finance ministry. 

Meanwhile, a recent jobs report of the The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG found that the tightening of immigration restrictions is hurting Britain's job market. 

The REC said that as well as "skilling UK workers" the government should place a priority on "addressing the restrictions on visas for highly skilled workers, which would allow businesses to access the people they need to grow and create jobs.”

Britain's labour market is performing below its potential due to a core group of the long term unemployed who do not have the skills required for many of the vacancies available, according to the report.

This stands in marked contrast to the claims of immigration critics such as UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who has said many of the roles available including those being filled by immigrants can be done by UK workers.

The REC are far from the first to warn the government about the dangers of a draconian immigration policy. In March, following immigration minister James Brokenshire's speech claiming that British workers had lost out on jobs due to immigration, there was intense backlash from business leaders.

Director general of the Institute of Directors, Simon Walker, branded the government's positioning as "feeble and pathetic" adding “the UK is an open, trading country that benefits from the skills and ideas of migrants."

The government has found it increasingly difficult to argue that its policy of a non-EU migration cap may be needed due to the economic draw backs of a more liberal immigration policy. A Home Office report published on 6 March, found that there was "relatively little evidence" that immigration displaces UK workers in a buoyant economy.

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An American - 11 Apr 2014 // 08:39:02

While my father was growing up in Bulgaria, he was learning US History in high school and was asking himself why he needed to know US History. Little did he know as a teen, having grown up on a private farm, that one day his country would cast him out and he would escape to Turkey, then to Germany, then to the US, where he would meet his Macedonian wife and have American kids. He became an American.

Immigrant - 11 Apr 2014 // 05:36:49


That’s good but in US pretty much everybody is an immigrant, either first, second, third or whatever generation. If you are not a native Indian you are an immigrant.
Great country, built by immigrants from all over the world for immigrants from all over the world proudly calling themselves American.

Behemoth2.0 - 10 Apr 2014 // 21:07:51


you may not be aware of it, but - Andrey Lukanov, Ser-gay Stanishev, Simeon Sakskoburggotski were immigrants (kind of). And regarding other minorities: Ser-gay Stanishev...well...and there are people who say that Ivan Kostov is of Roma origin.

Vladimir K. - 10 Apr 2014 // 20:45:36

To the posters below, may I ask who is paying you to write pro US propaganda along with multiculturalism propaganda? If you want that, go to America. But leave Euripe alone,

Immigrant - 10 Apr 2014 // 19:13:12

Well it is a fact that the US is the best place for immigrants. Canada also is Ok. Those are immigrant countries built by immigrants and their freedom is guaranteed and respected.
But immigrating in Europe is not the same. Too much nationalism and history.
Let me ask you, are you ready for a minority president? A gypsy for example in Bulgaria. Or a muslim in Britain?
The US has a black president and soon may have a latino, a woman and so on.
Europe is not quite ready for democracy yet.

Zapatista - 10 Apr 2014 // 18:46:24

Sure bro, tell that to the Mexicans in Arizona. Or to the black guy in NY who was freed yesterday after spending 25 yrs for a murder he didn't commit.

Keep drinking your Kool Aid immigrant, you need plenty of it to believe the bullshit and lies the US government feeds you each day.

Immigrant - 10 Apr 2014 // 18:30:25

Zapatista your way of thinking is also part of the problem in Europe. Everybody is respected in the US no matter what his or her race or background. That's how the US works and the people are respected and treated equally no matter where they come from. You are calling the Russians and the Ukrainians peasant races and this is wrong.
People like you cant live in the US because you will be in big trouble insulting anybody’s ethnicity being gypsy or Turk and so on.

Everybody in the US is respected for who they are and that’s why all immigrants can call it home and be proud of being American.

Zapatista - 10 Apr 2014 // 18:16:08

That's a European problem and Britain is no exception. Europeans continue to believe that their countries are nations and should be pure and not mix with others.

Look at the Russians and Ukrainians, two peasant races that are one and the same and they are busy invading one another, denouncing one another and so on. Silly little toads.

Even Yane thinks his gypsy race shouldn't be mixed with Turks :)

No wonder Europe is going down the toilet economically and collapsing demographically.

Immigrant - 10 Apr 2014 // 18:09:41

Can you even imagine the US without immigrants and immigration?
That country was entirely built by immigrants and they can come here and call themself American and rightfully do so. So many businesses owned and run by immigrants, so many jobs created by immigrants, so much taxes paid by immigrants.
I dont think any immigrant in the UK can really become British, they will always be immigrants.

USA is the place where immigrants can call home.

US - 10 Apr 2014 // 17:53:25

Immigrants should come to US. Immigrants built this country and it prospers because of immigration.

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