Immigration to UK to be capped – Cameron
United Kingdom, January 11: Increasing immigration levels in UK will be capped and the limit for immigrants will be fixed by considering the newcomers minus the people moving out of the country.
This is a measure, feels Tory leader David Cameron, needed to curb the sky rocketing rate of UK’s population which is likely to reach 70 million if a limit is not enforced on immigration levels.
Cameron said the alarming increase in the number of immigrants was already proving a big mess for access of public services to people in Britain. Schools and hospitals were finding it difficult to cope up with this sudden rush.
Responding to the caution by the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, that the soaring population of UK was proving a burden on the hospitality tradition of UK, the Tory leader promised huge cuts in immigration once he wins in the General Election.
Cameron spoke of making the new immigration in ‘tens of thousands’. The current rate of net immigration has already approached ‘hundreds of thousands’.
Mr. Cameron said that although immigration was vital for the economy of UK, however, there should be an upper limit for that so that basic public services including health, housing and education do not become overwhelmed. He said that UK wants to attract foreign students to study here and then go back to their respective countries and do business with UK. So, there will be a cut of nearly 75 percent in the immigration in UK.
Mr. Cameron made his intentions clear stating that he would like to make the immigration level down to the same level as was under the Major and the Thatcher governments.
This would mean nearly 50,000 immigrants into UK every year bringing the numbers down by three-quarters.
In his efforts for curbing immigration numbers, Cameron received applauds from Nicholas Soames, a former Tory minister and Frank Field, an ex-Labour minister.
As per the Office for National Statistics, the population of UK will hit 71.6 million in the year 2033.