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David Cameron vil i en tale i Hampshire si at Labour har latt innvandringen til Storbritannia nå et nivå som nasjonen ikke tåler. Cameron vil kutte den årlige innvandring fra 200.000 til 50.000.

I talen tar Cameron et oppgjør med innvandringspolitikken som har vært ført de siste 15 år. Mellom 1997 og 2009 ble det sluppet inn 2,2 millioner mennesker. Det er det største antallet Storbritannia noensinne har mottatt og det har gjort noe med den sosiale veven. Meningsmålinger viser at innvandring er det velgerne er mest bekymret for. Antallet som kommer er så stort at lokalsamfunn er blitt oppløst. Det mangler sammenhengskraft. Disjointedness – løsrevet, ute av ledd – og discomfort – ubehag, er ordene Cameron bruker.

‘Between 1997 and 2009, 2.2million more people came to live in this country than left to live abroad. That’s the largest influx of people Britain has ever had, and it has placed real pressures on communities up and down the country.
‘Not just pressures on schools, housing and healthcare – though those have been serious – but social pressures too.’
Mr Cameron will argue that communities are ‘forged by friendship and conversation’, whether on the school run or ‘down the pub’.
‘These bonds can take time, so real integration takes time,’ he will add.
‘That’s why, when there have been significant numbers of new people arriving in neighbourhoods, perhaps not able to speak the same language as those living there, on occasions not really wanting or even willing to integrate, that has created a kind of discomfort and disjointedness in some neighbourhoods.
‘This has been the experience for many people in our country – and I believe it is untruthful and unfair not to speak about it and address it.’

Hn hevder at Labour la lokk på debatten, man ville ikke snakke om de ubehagelige konsekvensene. Det har latt partier som BNP vokse frem. Labour har et direkte ansvar for polariseringen, sier Cameron.

On the one hand, there were Labour ministers who closed down discussion, giving the impression that concerns about immigration were somehow racist,’ he will say.
‘On the other, there were ministers hell-bent on burnishing their hard-line credentials by talking tough, but doing nothing to bring the numbers down.
‘This approach had damaging consequences in terms of controlling immigration but also in terms of public debate.
‘It created the space for extremist parties to flourish, as they could tell people that mainstream politicians weren’t listening to their concerns or doing anything about them.’

Overhaling av velferdssystemet

Velferdssystemet har lekket i begge ender: det ble skapt 2,5 million nye jobber siden 1997, og 75 % gikk til utlendinger. De gode trygdeordningene har latt arbeidsløse leve på trygd. Dette går ikke.

‘The real issue is this: migrants are filling gaps in the labour market left wide open by a welfare system that for years has paid British people not to work,’ he will add.
‘That’s where the blame lies – at the door of our woeful welfare system, and the last government who comprehensively failed to reform it. We will never control immigration properly unless we tackle welfare dependency.’

Utlendinger har fylt behovet for arbeidskraft. Skal innvandringen bremses, må ledige briter bringes tilbake i arbeid.

Cameron foreslår konkrete tiltak for å redusere innvandringen fra 200.000 i året til 50.000:

? A limit on the number of skilled workers coming from outside Europe of 27,000 this year;
? A minimum age of 21 for spouses coming to the UK;
? A crackdown on student visas to cut the number issued by 80,000 a year;
? Limits on ‘health tourism’ and illegal workers claiming benefits;
? Welfare reforms to end the option of a life on the dole for British workers.

Vil det nytte eller er det too little, too late? Kritikere mener at innvandringen til Storbritannia har nådd et nivå hvor den er selvdrivende. Camerons tiltak er for begrensede til å gjøre noen stor forandring.

Men at han våger å sette ord på problemene og signaliserer villighet til å ta debatten, er en begynnelse.

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