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Low-skilled workers to be denied visas under immigration shake-up

Low-skilled workers to be denied visas under immigration shake-up

Business
The UK's post-Brexit immigration system will deny visas to low-skilled workers, the government has said.A new points-based system - to be introduced from January 2021 - is intended to end dependence on "cheap labour from Europe". Ministers claim they will also make it easier for higher-skilled workers to get UK visas. Image: Critics say the plans could spell 'absolute disaster' for the care sector But critics say the proposals could be an "absolute disaster" for the social care sector, and there are "serious concerns" about the impact on farming.The Home Office estimates 70% of EU workers currently in the UK would not meet the requirements if applying under the new system. ...
Democratic debates: Ten candidates clash over healthcare and immigration

Democratic debates: Ten candidates clash over healthcare and immigration

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls have clashed in a televised US debate that laid bare the party's deep divisions over how best to win in 2020.Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, the most liberal candidates in the crowded field, came under attack from their more moderate colleagues.The three women and seven men on stage in Michigan debated healthcare, border policy and how to defeat Donald Trump.Ten more Democrats, including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, will debate on Wednesday.The winner of the Democratic presidential nomination will be announced next July at the party convention. The presidential election will take place months later, in November. Who stood out in the debate? The curse of being a Democrati...
5 things to know about Trump’s new ‘public charge’ immigration proposal

5 things to know about Trump’s new ‘public charge’ immigration proposal

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News A proposed rule from the White House would make it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they have received certain kinds of public assistance — including Medicaid, food stamps and housing subsidies. Green cards allow them to live and work permanently in the United States. “Those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. The proposal, announced Saturday night, marks a new frontier in the administration’s long-term effort to curb immigration, both legal and illegal. It already has spurred intense criticism from Democrats, anti-poverty activists, health care organizations and immigrants’ rights ...
Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

World
Wrapping up a bruising political campaign season, Austrian political parties were counting down to an election Sunday that could turn the country to the right amid voter concerns over immigration and Islam. The vote is coming a year ahead of schedule after squabbles led to the breakup last spring of the coalition government of the Social Democrats and the People's Party. A total of 16 parties are vying for 183 seats in the national parliament and will be chosen by Austria's 6.4 million eligible voters. But less than a dozen parties have a chance of getting seats. The People's Party, which has shifted from centrist to right-wing positions, is leading in the pre-vote polls after an image make-over by its leader, 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz. Austria's traditionally right-wing, anti-migrant Fr...
A new paper rekindles a tiresome debate on immigration and wages

A new paper rekindles a tiresome debate on immigration and wages

Finance
WHAT effect do immigrants have on native wages? It’s perhaps one of the most important questions of labour economics. It's also one that is largely unanswerable. The problem is that it's almost impossible to separate cause and effect. If a country with high rates of immigration also sees strong wage growth, we can’t assume that immigrants are boosting wages—it may well be the case that the migrants are choosing to move to places with stronger economies.One approach to getting around this problem is to find a natural experiment in which either the supply of or demand for labour changes exogenously. Perhaps the most famous example of such an event in labour economics is the Mariel Boatlift. In 1980, Fidel Castro, then president of Cuba, eased emmigration restrictions. Some 125,000 Cubans mov...