Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak is struggling to deal with some sort of dangers. His party’s humiliating defeat in the by-elections is in the midst of the chaos over immigration.
The government led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is undertaking a series of reforms to tackle the multifaceted problems of post-Brexit Britain. But in the shortest possible time, so many reforms are creating a tail-dung situation. Hazbaral situation is going on with the much criticized immigration issue. The side effects of a reform are creating problems in different sectors. According to the statistics, people are entering the country in groups by legal and illegal means. When the new ‘Illegal Migration Bill’ is passed to curb illegal immigration, In the next 24 hours, 574 people entered Britain illegally. Declining home sales and rising rents are forcing people to pile into the same homes. Due to the influx of immigrants, rents have skyrocketed. Home sales could fall 18 percent this year as interest rates on home loans rise sharply. The Bank of England continues to raise interest rates to curb inflation. Because of this, home sales are about to collapse. Inflation has come down, according to the government. But people are angry because there is no reflection of this in the market. Rishi Sunak’s biggest test before the next election is reining in immigrants. So far he has not been able to do anything to bring success. The decision to send political asylum seekers to Rwanda in Africa, The court blocked that too. Targeted student dependents to reduce net immigration. Most student visa holders will not be able to bring their wives and children to Britain from January. As a result, doubts have arisen about the revenue collection of the universities. Amid this fear in the education sector, thousands of foreign students are opting for work permits as an alternative to solving tuition fee pressure and family issues. According to a student I know, there were about 750 foreign students in that university in her session. Most of whom came to Britain with partial tuition fees. One by one, they stopped coming to the university when the pressure to pay the tuition fees started with the commencement of the education program in the university. If the information given by the student is true, there were more or less 50 foreign students in the university. In this situation, the pressure of the universities on the government increased. To save universities, the government has stopped the possibility of changing student visas. Special powers have also been exercised in the implementation of this decision. Generally, if a bill is introduced in Parliament, the government can implement it after 21 days from the date of introduction of the bill without discussion. In this case, it has been implemented within a few hours by applying special powers. If introduced, the government can implement the bill after 21 days from the date of introduction without discussion. In this case, it has been implemented within a few hours by applying special powers. If introduced, the government can implement the bill after 21 days from the date of introduction without discussion. In this case, it has been implemented within a few hours by applying special powers.
Meanwhile, special conditions have been imposed on citizens of five countries accused of abusing immigration privileges. The countries are Dominica, Honduras, Namibia, Timor Leste and Veneto. It will not be surprising if such conditions are imposed on more countries in the near future.
Many businesses are suffering due to the cancellation of student visa changes through the exercise of special powers. It is learned that over the past month, thousands of certificates of sponsorship, which are issued for work permits, were mostly foreign students who were preparing to apply for visa changes. These certificates will no longer be of any use due to the suspension of visa changes through the exercise of special powers. As a result, businesses face losses without getting millions of pounds against the certificates. So it can be assumed that the pressure of traders will be visible in the future.
At present, political asylum seekers are housed in various hotels in primitive conditions, costing the government huge sums of money. To reduce this cost, the government has decided to keep them in various abandoned ships. But here too they have to face obstacles. Meanwhile, three dockyards in Wirral, London and Scotland in Britain have refused to keep such vessels.
Meanwhile, amid a scramble to ease the pressure of net migration, bad news is coming from businessmen on the human resource issue. It has previously eased the recruitment of staff from outside Britain in the care sector to address staff shortages. The construction sector has also been added this week. Employers in this sector too can now fulfill their human resource needs from abroad.
Among these problems, the junior doctors of Britain’s National Health Service have observed two long strikes. As the doctors persisted in their decision despite hundreds of pleas, Rishi Sunak announced a maximum salary hike of 7 percent. The government has repeatedly expressed doubts about the ability of such a salary increase in the currently struggling economy. But Rishi Sunak has targeted immigrants as a source of funding for the wage hike announced this week. To finance this pay rise, immigrants wishing to come to Britain have increased the health fees they currently have to pay at an unusual rate. The government says it could raise £1.3bn by raising fees.
Rishi Sunak is under extra pressure due to unusually bad results in the by-elections in three constituencies during this time of troubled government. He won by a margin of more than 20,000 votes in the last election in one seat but lost by a huge margin in the by-election. In other words, out of 100 voters who voted for Rishi Sunak’s Conservative in the last election, at least 20 voted for the rival candidate.
Author: Nurul Akbar Sabuj, London based Bangladeshi media worker, originally has written in Bangla.