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10 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I August 2008
Newcomers must earn
the right to stay in the UK
and enshrines into law the
Government’s biggest ever
shake-up of the immigration
Lesson
system.
The Home Office confirmed
that newcomers will have to
Islam for
pay a little extra before they
become citizens to create
a fund of tens of millions of
hospital
pounds a year to help police,
schools, councils and local
health services to use the
money to deal with the short-
staff
term pressures of migration in
their areas.
Rotheram Hospital is to run a
Border and Immigration
workshop for staff who want
Foreign nationals wishing to released. A Mori poll carried out Minister Liam Byrne said:
to find out more about Islam.
become British citizens will for the Home Office revealed “Britain is not anti-foreigner,
The half-day workshop -
have to earn the right to stay, that: 70 per cent of the public we’re a welcoming, tolerant
1001 things you never dared
the Government announced think that newcomers should place. But we do expect
ask about Islam - will be held
last month.The tough new earn the right to stay in newcomers to sign up to a
later in the year.
approach will require all Britain, 83 per cent think that deal if they want to stay and
It is designed to try and
migrants to speak English immigrants in Britain should be build a life in Britain.
dispel some of the myths and
and obey the law if they made to learn English; and 69 “The public overwhelmingly
stero-types which exist about
want to gain citizenship and per cent agree that newcomers supports the idea of
the religion and give staff the
stay permanently in Britain, should be penalised on the newcomers earning their right
opportunity to learn more
while speeding up the path path to citizenship if they don’t to stay. Today we show how
about it.
to citizenship for those who obey Britain’s laws. we’ll make these ideas law,
Hospital bosses say the
contribute to the community. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hand in hand with our new
workshop should help
The reforms are at the centre said: “In recent months we points system for selective
improve customer and
of a sweeping overhaul of all have listened to people across migration, like the one that’s
patient care and employment
immigration laws dating back to Britain and the message is worked so well in Australia.”
practices.
1971 and confirm new modern clear - they want those who These changes are part
A hospital spokesman said:
laws reserving full access to want to make Britain their of the biggest shake-up to
“After Christians, Muslims
benefits and social housing home to speak English, to the immigration system for a
are the next largest religious
will be reserved for citizens work hard, and to earn the generation, and to make sure
group in Rotherham. The
and permanent residents. right to stay here. these changes stick today’s Bill
course will provide staff
Foreign nationals who “We are making the biggest will see the currently complex
with a generic framework
commit serious offences will changes to our immigration immigration laws replaced
within which they can come
face automatic consideration system for a generation, and by one simplified piece of
to understand Islam and
for deportation - and even part of that is making sure legislation. By updating the
Muslims better.”
minor offences will delay those who stay in the UK make law, and getting rid of any
The workshop will also
access to citizenship by up to a positive impact on their local room for misinterpretation, the
advise staff about the
three years. community.” UK Border Agency can cut red
Religious Discrimination Act
Public support for the The draft Immigration and tape and accelerate the speed
2003 and its implications on
proposals was confirmed Citizenship Bill published of its work.
patient care and employment
practices.
by new Home Office polling replaces ten Acts of Parliament
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