The post-Brexit United Kingdom will be a very different place in terms of immigration policy under guidelines released by Boris Johnson’s administration this week. And some of the planks on that platform will probably sound quite familiar to those of you who have been following Donald Trump’s immigration priorities here in the United States. The biggest change is the elimination of large numbers of openings for unskilled labor coming across the English Channel. Instead, BoJo’s team will be prioritizing the immigration of more highly educated, skilled professionals in engineering, education and the sciences. (Politico)
The U.K. government will not create a visa route for low-skilled migrants and temporary workers in its post-Brexit immigration system, which will give “top priority” to those with the highest skills, including scientists, engineers and academics.
A policy paper published Tuesday evening outlines plans for a new points-based system after EU freedom of movement ends in December. The report said employers “will need to adjust” to not being able to recruit unskilled workers from Europe.
“We need to shift the focus of our economy away from a reliance on cheap labour from Europe and instead concentrate on investment in technology and automation. Employers will need to adjust,” the paper said.
In addition to requiring skills relevant to a list of professions where their needs are greatest, the Brits will also require the applicants to speak English before being admitted. I would imagine that much of this is sounding more and more familiar to American readers.