June 20th, 2005

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2005/06/20 14:24:00 - Item: A Permit (to work)

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2005/06/20 14:44:42

It's to stop tourists and students working.

In particular, it is intended to prevent overseas relatives visiting naturalised immigrants and staying here to work: the policy has its origins in the large-scale immigration from the Commonwealth which, while economically beneficial at a time of labour shortages, proved bitterly unpopular among those who saw immigrants as competing for jobs and low-cost housing in later times of high unemployment.

Other countries have a concept of temporary labour - 'gastarbeiter' - in which foreigners work for a while then go home, and are never considered fully citizens or fully part of society. Britain has always rejected this approach.

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