December 3, 2019
The Conservatives have said that they will introduce a points-based, Australia-style immigration system if they win the December 12th General Election.
Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the measures on Monday, saying: “When people voted to leave in 2016, they were voting to take back control of our borders. After Brexit, we will introduce an Australia-style points-based immigration system and take steps to strengthen our border and improve the security of the UK.”
While the Tories have said that they will “take back control of our borders”, they have not committed to capping immigration as they had done in previous manifestos. The Tories had pledged to cut immigration to the “tens of thousands” in three successive elections — a promise which former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne admitted the party had no intention of fulfilling.
Last month, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage had criticised the Tories for ditching the cap, saying: “Yet more meaningless manifesto pledges from the Conservatives on immigration. Will they cut numbers or raise them? It seems they have given up on the former.”
Australia’s immigration system is far more strict and skills-based focused than the current British system. In order to move to Australia to work, an immigrant would need to be pursuing an in-demand job. Applicants are also assigned points based on professional experience, English proficiency, education level, and age.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5:58 am