Minimum salary threshold could cut migrant workers by two-thirds

Migration Advisory Committee says requiring £35,000 after five years would cut migrant settlers from 60,000 to 20,000 – Published on The Guardian, November 4, 2011.

… Even without the move, this number is expected to halve due to changes which are already being brought in. But Professor David Metcalf, the committee’s chairman, warned that some nurses may fail to qualify for settlement under the pay threshold, adding that the government may want to consider making an exception for nurses and other key public sector jobs. (full text). 

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With migrant workers scared off by immigration crackdown, Wash. orchards desperate for pickers, on The Washington Post, November 9, 2011;

We shall not stay long, on SwissInfo.ch, January 7, 2009:
Leonardo Pozzi, along with thousands of other young men, set off for the gold fields of Australia in the mid 19th century, expecting to return home a rich man …

Everyone is going to Australia nowadays, on SwissInfo.ch, March 13, 2009:

Between 1856 and 1860 Australia fever struck Val Poschiavo, in the Italian-speaking part of the Swiss Canton Graubünden. Following in the footsteps of their compatriots from Ticino, almost two hundred young men left the valley for the fifth continent …

Migrant Workers more likely to be killed in workplace than UK workers, new research shows, on Centre for Corporate Accountability CCA, Press Release, May 19, 2009.

Migrant rights;

Migrant worker on en.wikipedia.

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