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Innvandrere til Storbritannia kan komme til å måtte vente i 10 år for få rett til velferdsytelser og sosialboliger. I et forsøk på sikre jobbene til britiske arbeidere gjennom den økonomiske krisen, innfører regjeringen nye lover for grensekontroll, immigrasjon og statsborgerskap fra januar neste år. – Retten til velferdsytelser bør gjelde borgerne i vårt land, ikke andre, sier immigrasjonsminister Phil Woolas:

Phil Woolas: ‘Immigrants have to earn their right to live here’

Immigrants will have wait up to 10 years for the right to claim UK benefits and council housing in the toughest crackdown seen for decades, it emerged last night.

All legal migrants will have to serve a five year ‘probationary citzienship’ before being considered for a passport, immigration minister Phil Woolas said.

Those who work hard, are law-abiding and do voluntary work will be eligible for benefits one or two years afterwards.

I den hensikt å avskrekke innvandrere som hovedsakelig velger Storbritannia utfra landets romslige velferdsordninger, vil andre innvandrere i følge det nye lovforslaget måtte vente i ytterligere 5 år før de kan kreve velferdsytelser i det hele tatt.

Mr Woolas said: ‘Entitlement to benefits should be for citizens of our country, not other people. If you are a citizen you have earned the right to benefits. People must show they are here to work.’

The measures which will help to safeguard jobs for British workers during the recession, will be unveiled in a new Borders, Immigration and Citizenship bill to be published in January.

De omfattende endringene i det britiske velferdssystemet kommer delvis som svar på den forargede debatten som fulgte etter at det tidligere i år ble kjent at en arbeidsledig afghansk syvbarnsmor ble plassert i en bolig til 1.2 millioner pund, noe som inklusive velferdsytelser til familien kostet britiske skattebetalere 175.000 pund i året.

‘We only need foreign workers if there is a clear skills shortage’, Mr Woolas told The Sun.

The minister also conceded that the Government was partly to blame for lax immigration rules.

Last October Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was forced to make the embarrassing admission that the number of foreign workers entering Britain since 1997 was 1.1 million – a staggering 300,000 more than official figures recorded.

Mr Woolas said: ‘It has been too easy for illegal immigrants to stay in this country. We have not counted them in and out.’

In his previous role as communities minister, Mr Woolas revealed he had received death threats.

Woolas la til at regjeringen har skylden for at etniske miljøer har endt opp som ghettoer der ingen trenger å lære engelsk:

He said: ‘Why is it my little boy’s school has ‘Welcome’ in 20 different languages? Immigrants must learn English.’

The minister pledged to keep Britain’s population which is currently 61 million, at below 70 million, and to stand up to the Prime Minister on immigration issues.

‘If I lose my job, I lose my job’, he said.

He has courted controversy for his direct approach since he being appointed to the immigration post just three months ago.

Last month Mr Woolas told reporters that most asylum seekers were economic migrants rather than refugees and accused lawyers and charities working for asylum seekers of ‘playing the system’.

Immigrasjonsminister Woolas uttalelser står forøvrig i skarp kontrast til OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), som i november krevde økte rettigheter for innvandrere i forbindelse med den økonomiske krisen i Storbritannia.

OECD sa i en uttalelse at den britiske regjeringen burde ansette flere innvandrere i offentlig sektor, og foreslo i tillegg skattelettelser og subsidier til arbeidsplasser for lavt utdannede, som innvandrere ofte fyller.

I følge Martine Durand i OECD, er «innvandrere de mest sårbare i tider med økonomisk krise.»

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