UK clamps down on CARICOM migrants

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Community News Group reports that CARICOM nationals and other foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of migrants coming to Britain to work and study will be significantly reduced. As a response to this news, I think it is appropriate to post the photo above (from Wikipedia): “Members of the British West Indies Regiment on the Somme, September 1916. All of the men pictured were Afro-Caribbean people who volunteered to fight for the British Army.” Now, exactly one hundred years after this photo was taken, Caribbean nationals will have a harder time getting a visa to work or study in the UK or will face deportation.

This was announced by UK Home Security Amber Rudd who explained that, under the new rules, employers can be jailed for employing someone who does not have the right to work there. This means that CARICOM nationals and other foreigners will now find it harder to obtain a visa to some to the UK to settle, work, or study.

Property owners and landlords will also be sent to jail if they are found to be renting their property to illegal immigrants, while banks and other service providers can face heavy penalties for facilitating the financial or other business interests of an illegal immigrant.

Rudd also announced new plans regarding deportations, which she said would require the passing of new laws that would see migrants being deported faster and for less serious offences.

However, the hundreds of CARICOM nationals who travel to the UK annually for study or temporary work will find it harder to do so, since visas will only be considered for certain categories of courses, while employment visas will only be possible if there is no one among Britain’s more than 65 million people who can do the job.

A large number of Caribbean nationals have settled in the UK and many of them are suspected to have overstayed their permitted period to remain there, or settled there without the appropriate visa.

For full article, see http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2016/10/2016-10-21-azad-caricom-uk-jobs-cl.html

[Photo above—Members of the British West Indies Regiment on the Somme, September 1916. All of the men pictured were Afro-Caribbean people who volunteered to fight for the British Army—from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_British. This artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government

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