“The first thing they did, after coming into office, was stop checking if
people were leaving the country. They got rid of exit checks. They weren’t
counting people in and they weren’t counting people out either.”
The Deputy Prime Minister will set out proposals to stem illegal immigration,
including doubling the penalties for employers taking on those without the
He will say that one of the main issues is “overstayers” who arrive legally
but do not leave again. “Visa overstayers are the major part of UK Border
Agency’s enforcement caseload,” Mr Clegg will say. “As early as 2006 we had
reports arguing that visa overstaying would be one of the biggest challenges
for our immigration system in the 21st century.
“As people travel more, for work, for holidays, you have more people coming
into the country for temporary periods and so you need to find ways to make
sure they leave.”
He says he has asked the Home Office to examine a system of security bonds
with a view to running a pilot before the end of the year.
“The basic premise is simple: in certain cases, when a visa applicant is
coming from a high-risk country, in addition to satisfying the normal
criteria, UKBA would be able to request a deposit — a kind of cash
guarantee,” he will say. “Once the visitor leaves Britain, the bond will be
However, Mr Clegg will also stress the importance of immigration. Noting that
he is the son of Dutch mother and has a Spanish wife, he says the NHS would
“fall over” if immigration was stopped.
In an interview with House, parliament’s magazine, Vince Cable, the Business
Secretary, distanced himself from Tory pledges to restrict immigration to
“tens of thousands” and said Britain needed to “bang the drum” in China and
India to encourage students to study here.
Cash bonds to ensure that immigrants return home – Telegraph.co.uk
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