`UK immigrants should pay for public services`

Immigrants should pay a bond of 5,000 pounds to cover costs of using public services.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 00:09 AM IST

London: Immigrants should pay a bond of
5,000 pounds to cover costs of using public services before
they are are issued visas to come to the UK, a key ally of
Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested.

Tory MP Nick Boles, a friend and former aide of
Cameron, has urged the Government to impose a "surety" on
migrants before granting them visas.

This would be returned only if they paid several times
more on tax than the value of their deposit, he said.

Boles said the Government needed to go further in
making sure immigrants contributed to society or risk spread
social unrest.

He said immigration had been "too high in recent
years."

"We need to make sure people who come here make a
financial commitment to the country which they`ll get back in
a few years time.

"One proposal is that they make a deposit that they
forfeit if they commit a crime, if they`re convicted of a
crime or if they don`t pay tax in the next three years."

Boles made his radical suggestions in a book, `Which
Way`s UP: the Future for Coalition Britain and How to Get
There.`

He called for an annual cap on non-EU immigrants of
20,000 to 50,000.

The Government has imposed a cap of 24,100 but this
applies only to skilled workers.

Last year 190,640 foreign workers and their dependants
moved to Britain, despite unemployment hitting 2.5 million.

Boles suggested unemployed EU migrants should be
expelled - an act he claimed would be legal under treaties.

He also wanted language tests for all migrants and a
restriction on access to social housing for at least five
years.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: "We are
addressing concerns about immigration. We have imposed a cap.

"Our positions are not really that far apart. We are
looking with interest at what he is proposing but we are not
endorsing it."

PTI