Hope rises for foreign students, skilled workers from Africa as Britain reviews immigration policy
New British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid set to ditch Theresa May’s hard-line on Immigration ( Metro)
London, June 4, 2018 AltAfrika)-New British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid has signalled an end to Theresa May’s tough stance on immigration, promising a fresh approach to skilled workers and overseas students.
Sajid Javid refused to back Mrs May’s pledge to cut net migration below 100,000 a year and said he had scrapped the ‘hostile environment’ approach of her time at the Home Office.
Speaking on a BBC flagship programme on Sunday, Andrew Marr Show, Javid also promised a ‘fresh look’ at Mrs May’s annual 20,700 cap on the number of ‘tier 2’ skilled workers from outside the EU.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said last week he would lobby Mr Javid about the cap after the British Medical Journal revealed 1,500 qualified doctors were denied visas in three months.
The British Chambers of Commerce said Mr Javid would be ‘cheered by employers’, and claimed the ‘nonsensical’ cap was damaging the economy.
Mr Javid said he backed the Tory election manifesto, which restated the government’s migration targets. But his remarks signalled growing independence after Amber Rudd was forced to quit the Home Office over the Windrush scandal.
He said he ‘empathised’ with calls for thousands of overseas students to be removed from migration target figures after calls from Tories.
He described the term ‘hostile environment’ as a ‘negative, non-British term’, and said the replacement label ‘compliant environment’ would distinguish between legal and illegal migrants.
Of 63 wrongfully deported Windrush migrants identified, seven had been contacted but 32 were labelled ‘foreign national offenders’. ‘I don’t want them back in our country,’ he said.
Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Ed Davey said the home secretary would have support in parliament to exclude students and medical staff from the immigration cap.
‘But it’s far from clear that the prime minister is willing to admit her long-cherished policy is wrong,’ he said