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British PM Cameron announces new plans to tighten immigration

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If they want to deputise banks in the fight against crime perhaps they could have them hunt out the tax avoiders first.

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Immigration is good for helping Countries grow and rebuild. So long as it is regulated. Us Brits would never have been able to rebuild if it were not for the Jamaican, Indian, Polish, etc. migrants who came, worked and paid taxes. However, in the EU, the migration is unregulated between each member state, so long as you're an EU you can go wherever you want.

This unregulated migration was fine between the richer member states such as Britain, Germany, France, Spain or Italy because the migration would be similar each way. But with accepting poorer Countries such as Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta and Slovakia you now have a huge amount going one way from the poorer nations to the richer ones and not so much in the other direction. This rather sudden(?) increase in has put too much burden on infrastructures not designed to cope with such booms in population growth.

This is why immigration needs to be better regulated and brought down to a manageable level. I think properly regulated immigration policies could be the big boost Japan needs to counter its birth rate decline.

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An "open doors" policy to immigration does not work in a welfare state, period.

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if just under half have legal standing to be there thanks to the EU, then the number of thousands is irrelevant if this number isn't first subtracted and considered different in context from that of other types of migration.

This is just race baiting

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Yes, A.N.Other, that is probably why the rich, who are quite keen on immigration for its cheap labour benefits, also want to get rid of the welfare state. Or what remains of it. The idea is that the rest should be living at subsistence levels. A few cosmetic changes here and there to assuage the worried masses, who usually have to compete with the immigrants, is all Cameron has in mind.

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Cameron has full control over non-EU immigration but has done nothing over the past five years. It seems he will continue to do nothing, judging by his waffle about illegal immigration.

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Good. Immigration has caused massive problems in the UK. Too bad UKIP didn't win more seats in the general election. Thank goodness Japan takes a tough stance on immigration.

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Bit too late now, isn't it? Immigration is great in controlled numbers and if the new arrivals can contribute positively to society. However, many coming during the past 2 decades or so have come purely to take advantage of the welfare state, free housing and 'human rights'.

Thank goodness Japan takes a tough stance on immigration.

What, you mean taking about 10 refugees a year, locking up others in detention centres for ages, leaving them in limbo, requiring years on end for law-abiding citizens to get permanent residency (I waited over 10 years before I could qualify, even with a PhD and good job), hardly any anti-discrimination laws with teeth, using immigrants as slave labour. Yeah sure.

I see UK and Japan on opposite ends of the spectrum - UK being too generous and opening (with the exception of accepting foreign spouses who come from outside the EU), and Japan being absolutely xenophobic.

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moonraker. They alreadt deputise banks through the whole accouint opebning and other anti financial crime and money laundering measures. Tragedy is that it doesn't stop the banks being themselves criminal. As for Cameron and immigration, while it feels discriminatory to impose this type of measure, unrerstricted immigration can't go on. with much of Africa and the Middle East in such dire straits the flood of immigrants would cause misery both for them and for UK residents.

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What, you mean taking about 10 refugees a year, locking up others in detention centres for ages, leaving them in limbo, requiring years on end for law-abiding citizens to get permanent residency (I waited over 10 years before I could qualify, even with a PhD and good job), hardly any anti-discrimination laws with teeth, using immigrants as slave labour. Yeah sure.

No problem with any of this. Took me ten years to get PR too. That's the way it should be. If you don't like it, jog on back to your home country....

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What, you mean taking about 10 refugees a year, locking up others in detention centres for ages, leaving them in limbo, requiring years on end for law-abiding citizens to get permanent residency (I waited over 10 years before I could qualify, even with a PhD and good job), hardly any anti-discrimination laws with teeth, using immigrants as slave labour. Yeah sure.

Sounds good to me. I'd much rather live in a safe, peaceful, homogeneous Japan than a crime-ridden, drug-riddled, diverse America.

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Why not get your mates in business to actually pay tax, rather than penalise the poor and steal their wages, Cameron. Shame on you, even Thatcher didn't stoop that low.

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People laughed at Romney back in 2012 when he said that people will self-deport if you cut off benefits. I guess the Cameron listened. After all, people are coming to places like Britain and the US with little or no money, so I guess if they really want to get someplace they can.

I wish that measures like this were enacted in more places in the USA. Some localities have done this, and the end result is places like CA are overflowing with illlegal immigrants who are getting paid and depress wages.

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Too late. The problem is not only mass immigration, but now also the next generation being born on European soil that can't be sent away. Europe shouldve had immigration control 20 years ago, too late now.

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The usual tongue flapping from Tory politicians claiming they actually want to do something about an army of cheap labour. Let's keep the readerships of rightwing newspapers portraying immigrants as leeches happy while doing sod all about their parasitic, tax-avoiding owners.

Surreal.

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Employers will continue to take full advantage of the absence of an EU migration cap. The perception among many of our EU members is that too many adults and young people in the UK do not have even the basic qualifications, or in some cases communications skills to compete with their European counter parts who make use of their positive attitude and their skills. which explains why fewer British young people are being hired.

The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford findings pointedly highlight and I quote - the impact of immigration on the labour market critically depend on the skills of migrants, the skills of existing workers, and the characteristics of the host economy. Research evidence on the labour market effects of immigration is thus always specific to time and place.

Britain’s unsustainable benefits system is adding insult to injury, this year will see the total bill reach over £150 billion. No other EU state boasts such generous welfare handouts. Families have grown up with a series of expectations, entitlements if you will that no matter what, the tax payer will house you with a roof over your head, the state will support you whatever decisions you make, you will always be able to take out no matter how little you put in.

I owe my Job, my education, my success, to the people of Great Britain. My family in the UK brought me up to be independent and respect honest hard work and the state education system provided all my aspirations. I chose to take Japanese nationality a courtesy from my Mother, and still Great Britain is more than happy to allow me to make my living as long as I obey the rules.

In all honestly the 'Tories' are not to blame, no government has cut Britain's welfare dependency, the opening of boarders throughout 28 EU state has brought the situation to a head and on how “migrants” are defined. Britain has little choice unskilled/semi skill migration will have to be capped and remain capped until a long term solutions can be found to level the playing field.

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The UK has always been a target for migrants ever since the Ice Age ended. We are the way we are thanks to these waves of people. After all, had it not been for the Normans Nigel Farage probably wouldn't have a French name.

Saying that, I am totally against those coming to the UK to sit on streets and beg for money.

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The Department for Social Development measures every benefit statistic....Law and legislation, child maintenance service, you name it, even appeals.....

Benefits Statistics Summary.....

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/benefit_publications.htm

This makes harrowing reading, the tax payer subsidies the minimum wage, by borrowing to shorten the numbers claiming job seekers allowance, a trick inherited from Gordon Brown labour government.

Then we have in-work benefits, tax credits for example, there are no figures available to measure EU migrates claiming. Britain has a unique opportunity and the timing could have not been more fortuitous, the folly of the Euro is about create unprecedented change to EU financial instructions. Great Britain must take this opportunity to force treaty change, not only to end benefit migration but to drains up budget and CAP reform.

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