At the annual state opening of parliament, amongst a flat rate pension and making language compulsory from the age of seven in schools, the generic term ‘immigration’ was high on the list, but how will it affect current and prospective migrants?
The main focus was on article eight of the Human Right’s Act, which states all have a right to ‘private and family life’. This is seen as an obstacle when trying to deport foreign nationals convicted of serious crimes, the high profile case of the radical cleric Abu hamza was actually reported to have been commented on by the Queen, back when the issue was contentious, (however anything her majesty says in private is to be taken automatically as off the record and the BBC were embarrassed by their misconduct). However the article citing ‘right to life and freedom from torture’ which additionally plays a part. This is one of the reasons why other radical cleric, Abu Qatada, is yet to be deported to Jordan. It was revealed in December that his legal aid bill had reached £515,778
Hamza, however, was extradited to the US in October last year, after being accused of a string of terrorism related charges. The US extradition proceedings date back to 2004, however they were suspended when he was charged with ‘inciting murder and race hate in his speeches’ and jailed.
His Finsbury park mosque was raided by police in 2003 and the nine year span of whether he had the right to remain in the UK can be seen on this timeline.
Notably, the government will additionally limit migrant’s access to the NHS,something that as been discussed since the imminent lifting of the controls on Romanian and Bulgarian migration have been pushed to the forefront of media attention. However, this is not the reason for such controls, temporary residents who ‘contribute’ to the UK will not be denied access, it is those who have no intention of moving to the UK, who participate in ‘NHS tourism’ that the government want to prohibit. It is common for pregnant women to fly here to have their child and fly home without paying, as is it for those suffering with HIV and Cancer.
Additionally, private landlords will be required to check the immigration status of prospective tenants.
Some would say these measures and others proposed for the future are part of an effort to win back voters who defected to the essentially anti-immigration UKIP, however, the above policies are far from extreme and if anything, will hopefully increase the prominence and positive image of migrants who do contribute and genuinely seek a better or new life in the UK.