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Cameron says to toughen British immigration control

10-11-2011 10:05 BJT

LONDON, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday said the government would tighten up immigration rules to prevent the current system from being abused.

Addressing business leaders at the Institute for Government in London, Cameron said the government would "get a grip on immigration into our country."

"It is right that we should attract the brightest and the best to Britain. We genuinely need foreign investors and entrepreneurs to come here," the prime minister said.

However, he said the government would change immigration rules to prevent them from being abused, and that more illegal immigrants would be identified and deported.

According to Cameron, excessive immigration has brought ".real pressures on our communities up and down the country. Pressures on schools, housing and healthcare, and social pressures too."

He said the government would changed the current "points-based" system, look again at the annual migration limits, and rewrite the British citizenship test to include questions on British history and culture.

The prime minister said he wanted an immigration system which would allow "the right people we need for our economy come here for genuine reasons, and join with the rest of society in making our country stronger, richer and more secure."

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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