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Immigration: Skilled Workers

Home Department written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures she has put in place to ensure that immigrants applying for skilled jobs in the UK who are from countries where English is not the first language will not be discriminated against as a result of the English language test requirement.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), Minister of State (Home Office) (Borders and Immigration)

The Government are introducing the new points based system (PBS) to ensure that decisions on migration are objective, transparent and fair. While we recognise that an English language test presents an additional requirement for migrants, this is an important element of the new PBS which will help facilitate the integration of skilled workers coming to live and work in the UK. We expect that majority of skilled workers coming to the UK should be able to meet this requirement. Nevertheless, we will closely monitor the implementation of this requirement, and prior to launch of the PBS we will carry out an equality impact assessment.

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