UK to again insist on bonds for Indian migrants
London, Oct 10: Prime Minister David Cameron today revived the idea of immigrants from India and other non-EU countries furnishing financial bonds before being allowed to come to Britain, a move that has been promptly opposed.
In a major speech setting out how his government intended to curb immigration, he said here that officials had been asked to consider making financial bonds compulsory for British citizens seeking to bring spouses or family members from outside the EU.
Cameron said a sample of more than 500 family migration cases "found that over 70 per cent of UK-based sponsors had post-tax earnings of less than 20,000 pounds a year."
"When the income level of the sponsor is this low, there is an obvious risk that the migrants and their family will become a significant burden on the welfare system and the taxpayer," he said.
The government, he said, had asked the Home Office's Migration Advisory Committee to look at the case for increasing the minimum level for appropriate maintenance.
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