The exit from the EU, for which the UK has been preparing for so long, has finally happened. On January 31, the UK left the European Union. After the official exit, a transit period has begun, during which the UK and the EU Member States must agree on further cooperation. The new status has already brought many changes to various spheres of state activity. The migration policy has also been updated.
Closed doors for low-skilled workers
The first thing the UK has outlined is the introduction of new migration rules from 2021. Boris Johnson’s government has announced a new plan to free the country from “low-skilled labor.” The new rules should stop the uncontrolled flow of migrants to the UK. The new system is based on points. Only bright, highly qualified, and talented employees will now be able to get an immigrant permit to the UK.
Immigration of EU citizens on general grounds
Another important caveat: EU citizens will not have any advantages when obtaining visas. EU citizens will participate in the migration system on a general basis, and to obtain a work permit, they must also collect a certain number of points.
By the way! No concessions are provided for citizens of the Commonwealth!
Why is the UK acting so “unfriendly” and radically? Perhaps the answer can be found in the interview with Boris Johnson. He said that one of the reasons for Brexit is the desire of voters to achieve control over immigration. Johnson’s idea is to get British companies to do more to train and develop employees with British citizenship.
The Cabinet of Ministers, in particular, intends to declare it a criminal offense for foreign migrants to work in the country without a work visa or other official permit.
The money earned in this way will be confiscated.
Under current legislation, firms that hire illegal migrants face fines of up to 20,000 pounds ($31,000). Now illegal migrants who were employed will also be held accountable before the law.
The country’s Interior Minister, Anna Patel, called the introduction of the new rules a “historic moment” that will “reduce the total number of migrants” in the country and attract “the brightest and best people from all over the world.”
Time will tell whether this policy will succeed or fail.
How does business respond to the new government policy?
The answer to this question is unambiguous. Business is extremely concerned. The announced changes in migration policy will require large-scale adjustments on the part of businesses. This is especially critical when there are a shortage of labor at all skill levels. In response to business concerns, Boris Jones said that the new rules will take into account the need for workers in different industries.
The final rules will only be developed by the UK government by the end of 2020. Fears about the government’s plans in the field of migration are many today, in addition, EU citizens are also dissatisfied, and who were waiting for concessions.
We will soon see how well the new immigration system will work. In the meantime, you can follow the news of immigration, business, and the UK economy on the portal together with us.