The Government has published a new Immigration Bill, the core aims of which are to:
- introduce new sanctions on illegal workers and rogue employers
- provide better coordination of regulators that enforce workers’ rights
- prevent illegal migrants in the UK from accessing housing, driving licences and bank accounts
- introduce new measures to make it easier to enforce immigration laws and remove illegal migrants.
Announcing the new Bill, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said:
“The message is clear – if you are here illegally, you shouldn’t be entitled to receive the everyday benefits and services available to hard working UK families and people who have come to this country legitimately to contribute. Whether it is working, renting a flat, having a bank account or driving a car, the new Immigration Bill will help us to take tougher action than ever before on those who flout the law. This Bill will build on the Government’s work since 2010 to crack down on abuse and build an immigration system that truly benefits Britain – by deterring illegal migrants from coming and making it harder for those already here to live and work in the UK.”
Detailed information on the Bill can be found here.