Dissidence over Immigration Policy among UK Cabinet Ministers
With a view to combat the growing scuffle in the government (as published by The Guardian, a leading UK newspaper), the UK Prime Minister David Cameron met with Theresa May, Home Secretary, and discussed over significant immigration policy, to decrease total migration into UK.
The coalition government made a promise for reducing the total immigration into the country to ‘tens of thousand, from outside the EU. But, the little attempt has been made so far! Home Office is concerned about refreshing immigration, but it has failed to do anything big in this arena. The latest figure provided by the UK’s Office for National Statistics confirmed that a major fall of nearly 216,000.
But, the Office for National Statistics has expressed its dissatisfaction and revealed it is not much important, as the figure includes so many uncertainties. Theresa May has taken several major efforts to subjugate the growing the immigration number – introducing the annual cap on granting of Tier 2 Visas, can be taken as the best effort in this arena.
Besides, the Home Office has also decided to take some measures against illegal colleges as they don’t charge fees from those of students who migrate to the country through Tier 4 visa (especially made for students) and get involve into illegal practices inside the country.
Meanwhile, other cabinet ministers believe that immigration fall will led to have an adverse impact on the country’s economy. George Osborne and Vince Cable, Business Secretary clearly expressed their views that the UK business is majorly affected by the Home Office. The stringent visa process and tough immigration requirements are some major reasons that debar overseas migrants from visiting the country.
David Willetts, University Minister, is also not in favor of Home Office policy and criticized for several reasons. He suggested that the universities must take stands in favor of getting more overseas students. Willetts is well aware of UK’s reputation among foreign students, but also pointed out the UK Border Agency’s decision for granting the license to the London Metropolitan University to teach students outside the EEA. This will let the government in fulfilling its target and also allow the expansion of ‘export to education industry’.
Moreover, the UK business also came together to raise voice against the policy that include plenty of restrictions and well regarded as an unwelcoming policy.
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