The government recently published information regarding the minimum salary that is required for migrants to be able to settle in the UK. They have reduced the £35,800 minimum salary by almost 30%.
Migrants who earn a salary of £20,480., but with enough points, under Boris Johnson’s new Australian style immigration system, to qualify for jobs where there is a shortage of workers, will also be entitled to settle after six years, and become citizens.
The new rules which come into effect on 1st December, were published by the Home Office, with the general threshold lowered to £25,600.as the government acknowledges the essential contribution that lower paid migrant workers make to the UK.
Amnesty International UK said that it was troubled by the way immigration rules, including salary thresholds, ‘ have long exaggerated the privilege of people already advantaged by their relative wealth, race and gender’.
Refugee and migrants rights programme director, Steve Valdez-Symonds, said: “Sadly this latest development does not appear to signal any new or firm commitment to encourage equality of opportunity through the UK’s immigration system or to respect the rights and human dignity of all women, men and children, regardless of their class or colour”.
Migrant Watch UK, which campaigns for tighter immigration control said that the move would reduce the incentive for employers to train British workers.
Theresa May introduced the £35,800 salary threshold in 2011, when she was home secretary, as part of the effort to meet targets on restricting net migration set by David Cameron, and which the government was never able to achieve.
Oxford University’s Migration Observatory, which had identified the change in the 507 page rule book, said it was “the final nail in the coffin of the net migration target”. Rob McNeill, deputy director said: “They are acknowledging that the bluntest of all the instruments the government used to get to that target of tens of thousands has been kicked into touch”.
Boris Johnson reprised the core message of Vote Leaves 2016 EU referendum campaign before the 2019 general election in December, and said that EU migrants have been able to ‘treat the UK as if it’s part of their own country’ for far too long. He guaranteed that migration would fall under his plans after the UK left the EU as he sought to appeal to undecided Eurosceptic voters in Labour marginals.