UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has pledged a “comprehensive reform” of the country’s immigration system and unveiled plans for a “fully digital border” that should make it easier to track migration.
Britain’s immigration system is “broken” and needs to be fixed, she said in a speech at a conference hosted by Bright Blue, a think tank for liberal conservatism, here on Monday.
Patel said anything that was not a “comprehensive reform” of the system “would not be fair” as public confidence in him had been “destroyed” in the past decades, Xinhua News Agency reported. .
She welcomed the introduction of the new points-based immigration system, noting that it will help attract top talent to the country.
Patel has also launched the American-style Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), which requires visitors from the UK to obtain an electronic permit before traveling.
A “fully digital border” system will make the UK more secure by allowing the government to count people entering and leaving the country, providing a “much clearer picture of who is here and if they should be”, he said. she declared.
A detailed policy statement, posted on the government’s website later today, said the reforms would ensure UK companies have access to talent from around the world to support the national economic recovery as well as the country’s security.