Immigration to Britain ‘will be capped’

Many in the United States — even many of my immigrant friends — believe immigration to the U.S. is out of control.  But many Brit lawmakers believe they can and must control and manage immigration….

By Mattthew Moore
Telegraph (UK)
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Phil Woolas, the new immigration minister, said that there would be a sharp reduction in the number of foreigners allowed to stay in the country.

He appeared to announce a reversal in Labour policy by backing plans to set a strict upper limit on immigration.

“This Government isn’t going to allow the population to go up to 70 million,” Mr Woolas said in an interview.

“There has to be a balance between the number of people coming in and the number of people leaving.”

He added: “If people are being made unemployed, the question of immigration becomes extremely thorny. It’s been too easy to get into this country in the past and it’s going to get harder.”

Mr Woolas also warned that businesses risked fuelling racial resentment if they relied on cheap foreign labour.

“Britain has to get working again. The easiest thing for an employer to do is to employ an immigrant. We need to help them to change that,” he said.

“In times of economic difficulties, racial stereotyping becomes stronger but also if you’ve got skills shortages you should, as a government, attempt to fill those skills shortages with your indigenous population.”

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the population grew by nearly 2 million people to 60,975,000 between 2001 and 2007.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/
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will-be-capped.html

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