Illegal workers will be stripped of their earnings under “radical” new laws to control immigration being unveiled by David Cameron.
Foreign criminals who face being kicked out of the country will also be tagged and tracked by GPS satellites while “deport first, appeal later” measures will be extended to all non-asylum cases, the Prime Minister will announce.
The plans to curb legal and illegal migration include “rooting out” those not entitled to be in the country, he will say.
Mr Cameron made a “no ifs, no buts” pledge in 2010 to reduce net migration – the number of people entering the country minus the number leaving – to the tens of thousands but spectacularly failed to meet the promise. Under the coalition Government, the figure rose from 244,000 in 2010 to 298,000 in 2014.
He will give his immigration speech in central London as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes its latest round of migration figures.
“A strong country isn’t one that pulls up the drawbridge, it is one that controls immigration,” Mr Cameron will say. “Because if you have uncontrolled immigration, you have uncontrolled pressure on public services and that is a basic issue of fairness.
“Uncontrolled immigration can damage our labour market and push down wages. It means too many people entering the UK legally but staying illegally. The British people want these things sorted.
“That means dealing with those who shouldn’t be here by rooting out illegal immigrants and bolstering deportations. Reforming our immigration and labour market rules so we reduce the demand for skilled migrant labour and crack down on the exploitation of unskilled workers. That starts with making Britain a less attractive place to come and work illegally.
“And we’re going to get far better at training our own people to fill these gaps from overseas.