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New Immigration System Will ‘Put People Before Passports’


Many people and businesses have been worried about what will happen to immigration laws following Brexit. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reassured the public that the government will introduce a fair system after freedom of movement to and from the European Union (EU) comes to an end.

Speaking at the UK-Africa investment summit in London earlier this week, Mr Johnson said there will be a points-based system in place by January 2021, after the freedom of movement ends on December 31st this year.

He stated: “By putting people before passports we will be able to attract the best talent from around the world, wherever they may be.”

The system would see those wanting to work in the UK gain points based on their profession, education, and personal attributes.

According to the PM, this will be “fairer and more equal between all our global friends and partners, treating people the same, wherever they come from”.

Under the current rules, those from the EU do not require a visa to work in the UK. However, citizens from other countries have to apply under a points-based system – based on their grasp of the English language – or be sponsored by a company.

However, Mr Johnson’s plans have previously been widely criticised, as it restricts those in low and medium-skilled jobs from being able to work in the UK, despite them being essential to the country’s economy.

Speaking with The Guardian, professor of economics at King’s College London Jonathan Portes said: “Butchers, for example, or people who work in abattoirs – this is hard work and you need training. Most come from Eastern Europe but are unlikely to make the highly skilled cut.”

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