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 govern...
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.
Impacts of the system on families and marriages
Although the government believes that the policy will be beneficial to the economy in the country, critics including the human rights people think that there is a sinister motive behind the move. A statement posted in the Home Security publications indicate tat; "We will replace out-dated and confusing rules with a clear and modern points system so we only allow into Britain the people and skills our economy needs. Those who want to settle permanently in the UK will have to show they bring long-term benefits to our country. But while making the rules strict and workable, we will make sure we don't slam the door on those genuine refugees fleeing death and persecution" (Home Department, 2007).
The government admits that the immigration policy has negative effects on the economic performance of the country which directly affects the income that families will be achieving in the long run. The availability of jobs and work in the country will be improved but a particular tier group. This shows that more people will be lazy in the education programs and especially the parents. The parents in this case will believe that since the law protects the natives in finding jobs, their children n will find it easier to get jobs. This kind of laxity will greatly affect the way the country will be moving on in the future.
The government continues to welcome within strict criteria economic migration and asylum. Students and other visitors are considered to be huge contributors to the