Brexit date has passed, we've now entered the transition period, and home secretary Priti Patel has introduced a new points-based immigration system to the UK.
The new immigration system, focuses more on allowing "high-skilled" workers to come to the UK, and it will help cut drastically "low-skilled" workers coming to the UK. The new system will be based on points and in order to enter the UK an immigrant from any country will have to score 70.
To accquire 70 points an immigrant could have any of the following:
A job with an approved sponsor - 20 points
Appropriate skills to match that job - 20 points
The ability to speak English - 10 points
Secure a salary at least £25,600 - 20 points
Secure a job with a labour shortage - 20 points
PhD in a science subject - 20 points
My Opinion On The New Points-Based Immigration System:
On the surface this new points-based immigration system may look like a good idea. For example, right now, we have a shortage in the cyber secruity sector, so with this system we will be able to obtain more cyber secruity workers. But under the old immigration system, we could have done that anyway.
Priti Patel states: "it will mean we will have a global immigration system, that doesn't discriminate between EU and non-EU"
But the thing this, the immigration system we had before didn't discriminate against non-EU immigrants. People from all around the world were still able to immigrate to the UK even whilst we were apart of the EU. Sure, we had "free-movement" meaning that anyone from an EU country could come to the UK without a visa, and anyone from the UK could go to any EU country without a visa.
But overall, this new points-based system is more discriminatory than our old one. Because it's discriminating against the poorer people of other countries that could still contribute to Britian.
We have a shortage of 10,000 fruit pickers, a shortage of 120,000 social care workers, and a shortage of truck drivers. The UK unemployment rate is at 3.8% meaning, most people in the UK are employed. Priti Patel states that there are 8 million economically inactive people in the UK who can fill those places but those 8 million economically inactive people are students, full-time carers, pensioners and disabled people. Can we really expect a student to do those jobs? Students can only work part-time if they work, so that doesn't completely solve the problem. Full-time carers, well the clue is in the name "full-time" they're unemployed because they have to give all their time looking after a disabled person, how can you expect them to do those jobs? Pensioners have served their time in our country, they've retired- should we really expect people to come out of their retirement? And disabled people, can we really expect disabled people to do such physical and stressful work?
Migrants usually did jobs like fruit picking, and social care jobs because nobody else wanted to do them. By doing these jobs they benefitted our economy- now who is going to fill these positions?
Not to mention, Priti Patel is mainly responsible for this points-based system. Well this system would have prevented her own parents from coming to the UK had it been in place when they came. So if this system was always in place, chances are, she wouldn't have been born here and she wouldn't be where she is today. I just find that really ironic.
To be honest, I'm just thinking about how many of these working-class people who voted Conservative in the general election and are unemployed and/or retired are going to be happy working in fruit picking jobs, or in a social care job.
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