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Sir, UK prime minister Theresa May has restated her goal of reducing immigration and the FT has proposed that UK employers should pay an annual flat fee for their non-UK workers (“Britain need not slam its doors to limit migration”, editorial, May 10). There are further possibilities of introducing financial hurdles for would-be immigrants.
For example, regarding existing UK residents, the government could establish the principle that permission for foreign spouses and family members to be allowed entry as immigrants should be a privilege and not a right. That privilege would be granted only if the family satisfies financial conditions such as a minimum amount of income tax paid in recent years. Conditions of this sort would be no obstacle for hard-working families but a barrier to those who are merely benefit tourists.
London W2, UK