Britain cracks down on immigration
Britain has unveiled a tougher immigration system that has been modelled on the points-based Australian scheme. The UK's new system will make it easier for highly skilled, younger workers to enter Britain.

Latest statistics show more than 200,000 people migrated to the UK in 2004, a 50 per cent increase on the previous year. The new system will make it more difficult for low-skilled workers who are not part of the European Union to enter Britain. The scheme also cuts the qualifying time for permanent residency for those in sought after professions.

The thousands of young Australians who travel to the UK for working holidays will not be affected by the changes.
Posted by: Fred 2006-03-08