Immigration system will ‘put people before passports’

The UK’s post-Brexit immigration system will put “people before passports”
Speaking at the UK-Africa Investment Summit, Boris Johnson said immigration would become “fairer… treating people the same wherever they come from”.

Freedom of movement between the UK and EU is expected to end after the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.

The government says it will introduce an Australian-style points based system by January 2021.

Under this system those wanting to work in the UK could be assigned points based on a number of professional and personal characteristics such as education levels.

Currently, under freedom of movement, EU citizens do not need a visa to work in the UK, but immigrants from outside the EU are subject to a points system based on English language skills, being sponsored by a company and meeting a salary threshold.

Speaking in London, the prime minister said post-Brexit the UK’s immigration system would become “more equal”.

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

All the main parties are largely behind the idea of a skills-based system.

The question here is whether or not the government wants to come up with some kind of control – to put a cap over the top of it.

We don’t know yet what the government’s real position is – it’s only got 11 months to find out.

In the coming weeks, the government’s main advisory body is going to report back on some of these questions.

It is only then we’ll have some answers about what the PM’s direction of travel is.

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