Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will say people coming to Britain from certain countries should be made to post bond to ensure they abide by their visa conditions and don’t become illegal immigrants.
In a speech in London today, Clegg will say immigration has helped Britain, and argue that he’s making the case within the coalition government that migration is good for the country and the economy. Still, he will say, it needs to be controlled.
“The bonds would need to be well-targeted, so that they don’t unfairly discriminate against particular groups,” Clegg will say, according to his office. “The amounts would need to be proportionate -- we mustn’t penalize legitimate visa applicants who will struggle to get hold of the money.”
In a separate interview, Clegg’s Liberal Democrat colleague, Business Secretary Vince Cable, said today Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s stated goal of getting net immigration below 100,000 a year “is not government policy and it would be unattainable.” To introduce it would do “enormous damage,” he told The House magazine, which is distributed to lawmakers.
Many of Cameron’s Conservatives are hostile to what they describe as poorly controlled immigration, and Home Secretary Theresa May has said she’s aiming to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands” by 2015. The Liberal Democrats in government argue for the economic benefits. In his speech, Clegg will highlight the government’s rejection of May’s plans to introduce a visa regime for Brazilians.
“A new visa regime would deter Brazilian tourists, discourage Brazilian investors,” he’ll say.
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