But this trend changed in the 1990s when the UK increasingly became a net exporter of populations. In fact, previous studies have shown that the labour market in the UK consists of a majority of immigrants especially in the lower grades. This means that the UK is greatly benefiting from immigrants into the country. In the recent past however, the government has been forced to revise its immigration laws in order to curb issues such as terrorism, crime, overpopulation and unemployment. The proposals are that the employers will be given a tier system that will prioritize those people who will be living in the UK
The government’s proposal for a new policy to end ‘chain migration’ into Britain encompasses a point-based approach that forms part of the five year strategy for immigration and asylum. The system which was published in February 2005 and contained in the home office publication was; “controlling our Borders: Making migration work for Britain”. This proposal has not only been subject to extensive consultation but has also had a fair share of opposition with critics arguing that it has negative effects on families and marriages in addition to other effects including unemployment, poor public service, costs of implementation etc.
This five year strategy is a continuation of the government’s aim to have a smooth immigration system that will see elimination of earlier mistakes such as the bombings witnessed last year. Despite the fact that the policy will come with social, economic and cultural benefits, it has its shortcomings which can be noticed from the other countries such as the United States (Hoffman, 2001). The government needs to accept that in one way or another that the proposals to end chain migration in the U.K has undetermined the family and marriages in many ways.
Although the government believes that the