Migrant workers will now need to earn £35,000 and over to qualify for Settlement in the UK.
Statistics from 2011 published by Bournemouth borough council showed that Boscombe town centre has one of the largest non-EU populations in the county. This means several businesses will be impacted if the changes go ahead from April 2016.
‘It’s All About Culture‘ representative, Denise Walton, believes that the policy will hit businesses in Boscombe the hardest. She said:
“Cooking a Kebab is a talent and doing a curry is a talent, what can they do they’re not going to be able to earn £35,000. How ridiculous?”
Its All About Culture is an organisation that promotes diversity and culture in Boscome and the surrounding areas, through multicultural food, arts and music events.
Walton continued to describe the people who would be affected: “The Turkish cafes, and particularly the Bangladeshi community who bring people over on visas to work, these people are on the basic wages.”
The rule will only apply to people who want to remain permanently after more than five years of working in the UK. Those who do not qualify would be made to leave after six years.
Buzz reporter Sam Pegg found out more about the proposed changes: