- Johnson proposes £40,000 income requirement
- Concerns over record-breaking migration
- Conservative MPs criticize ONS
Asserting that “demographic change” was responsible for “race riots” in Dublin, Boris Johnson has increased the pressure on Rishi Sunak regarding the “all-time high” net migration figures in the United Kingdom.
The former prime minister criticized this week’s net migration figures, stating they were “way too large,” and proposed a £40,000 minimal income requirement for those seeking a work visa in the United Kingdom.
According to the most recent data, net migration peaked at an unprecedented 745,000 in 2022. This figure was amended from an initial estimate of 606,000 in May, which was also considered an all-time high.
Ongoing Debate and Concerns
Johnson’s Commentary on Demographic Change
Even in progressive nations and capital cities, Mr. Johnson said, people would not tolerate such fast demographic change.
He asserted that the stabbing incident outside a primary school resulted in three young children being injured, which sparked violent protests and confrontations with police in the “beautiful and joyful city” of Dublin. The incident “appears to have been consumed by race riots.”
The citizens of Ireland and the Netherlands are among the kindest, most generous, and most pleasant in the world. However, there are sizable numbers of people in both nations who are beginning to worry that something has gone wrong and that the EU system of free movement—a borderless Europe for the entire 450 million-person territory—has too many drawbacks, he said.
Conservative Critique of ONS Figures and Policy Proposals
Conservative MPs on the right rebuked the ONS figures, with former home secretary Suella Braverman characterizing them as “a slap in the face to the British public who voted to control and reduce migration at every opportunity.”
She urged the government, of which she was a member until last week, to “act now” with policies such as limiting the number of dependents, increasing the salary threshold for entry into the country, and closing the graduate visa route, in addition to imposing an annual cap on net migration and the number of health and social care visas issued.
He claimed that the Migration Advisory Committee is an autonomous entity. This committee provides counsel to the government on migration matters. They established an unsuitably low minimum wage threshold of £26,000. Businesses worried about labor shortages and EU workers departing after Brexit.