The British Government, led by the Conservatives, announced significant changes to its immigration policy on Monday. Among the main changes, the significant increase of 47% in the minimum wage required to obtain a work visa stands out. The measure aims to curb net immigration in the coming years.
The Minister of the Interior, James Cleverly, presented a landmark review in Parliament that should particularly affect workers in the health sector, who, from now on, will encounter difficulties in trying to bring their members to family. In addition, there has been a substantial increase in the minimum annual salary required for foreigners to work in other sectors in the United Kingdom.
Raising the minimum wage: what are the effects?
The changes will begin in the spring in the northern hemisphere and consist of increasing the annual minimum wage to 38,700 pounds (equivalent to 48,800 dollars or 240 thousand reais), a value equal to the average salary of full-time workers. Previously, the expected minimum wage was 26,200 pounds, about 33 thousand dollars or 162 thousand reais.
Amid election expectations next year, Rishi Sunak’s government, which was recently defeated in the polls by the Labor opposition, is trying to maintain a strict immigration policy. This policy, according to Cleverly, may be responsible for the “greatest reduction” in net immigration ever recorded.
The wise seem confident, but for how long?
Wise has promised a series of measures that will mean that, in the next few years, the arrival of foreigners in the United Kingdom will be reduced by 300,000 people compared to last year. Considering the official data released at the end of November, the net immigration (the difference between the entry and exit of foreigners) reached the mark of 745,000 people last year, a figure that exceeded the initial estimate of 606,000.
Despite the confidence shown by Cleverly, the new policy has generated intense debates and many questions. The opposition, in turn, criticized the move and warned about possible negative effects, especially in the areas of health and public services.