Britain should offer a ``selective'' amnesty for some of the 600,000 immigrants living illegally in the country, said Nick Clegg, a member of Parliament who speaks on domestic policy for the opposition Liberal Democrat Party.
People who have lived in the U.K. for 10 years and can prove a ``commitment'' to the U.K. should earn the right to a two-year working visa and a path to citizenship, Clegg said. They would have to pass a language test, prove family ties and have no criminal conviction.
In the same speech Clegg added a new policy:
So they want to make it harder to recruit highly skilled individuals from abroad whilst simultaneously removing any obstacle to law breakers who have demonstrated a complete disregard for out laws.
He also proposed an increase in fees paid by employers for work permits for overseas employees.
``If employers are having to look outside the U.K., then it's clear we have a problem with training our own workers here at home,'' Clegg said. ``So we propose an increase in fees paid by employers for work permits. We can use the revenue to train U.K. workers for other jobs.''