Henry Smith MP has welcomed the Government’s consultation on settlement designed to break the automatic link between temporary routes and permanent settlement.
Under the previous Government almost anyone who had been working in the UK for five years is eligible to apply to stay permanently. Breaking the automatic link between temporary routes and permanent settlement will help reduce net migration down from the hundreds to the tens of thousands a year.
“Time and time again, whether on the door-step or through emails and letters I receive, it is clear that Crawley residents have been deeply concerned by the virtually unchecked immigration into the UK under the previous Government and are unsure as to why local employers require workers from overseas when there are people looking for work locally in Crawley.”
“This Government has already capped economic migration, reformed the student visa route and introduced a dedicated police border force. Ministers insist that these actions will reduce net migration down from the hundreds to the tens of thousands a year. In addition, by tackling open door immigration, I believe we help tackle peoples’ fears and therefore deny extreme political parties any further footholds.”
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