In a joint letter to The Independent, three influential think-tanks call on Mr Cameron to use tax receipts from foreign workers to ease the pressure on services in areas with high immigration levels.
The focus of the Government’s new initiative will be to reduce the “pull factor” attracting economic migrants from outside the European Union to Britain.
Mr Cameron will say he is determined to make “Britain a less attractive place to come and work illegally”.
The Bill will also:● Make it illegal for businesses and recruitment agencies to recruit abroad without advertising in Britain;● Give councils powers to crack down on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants;● Require banks to check the immigration status of account holders;● Bring in satellite tracking tags for foreign offenders awaiting deportation;● Force people to appeal against deportation after they have been removed from Britain – an initiative to “stop people frustrating the system”.
The power will be modelled on the Proceeds of Crime Act under which police can seize the property and money of offenders whose assets have been acquired by crime.
In this case the amounts involved will be tiny, but the Government hopes the existence of the power will deter economic migrants from coming to Britain in the first place.
The wages paid to illegal migrants working in the shadow economy will be confiscated by police as part of a fresh drive by David Cameron to push down immigration.He will announce that a major Immigration Bill in next week’s Queen’s Speech will include moves to prosecute firms which only advertise abroad for staff and to accelerate the deportation of illegal immigrants.The Bill will create a new criminal offence of illegal working, which will apply to migrants who have come to Britain illegally as well as those who have overstayed their leave.Figures are expected to show net annual migration is close to 300,000 – three times the “tens of thousands” figure promised by the Prime Minister ahead of the 2010 election.So we’ll take a radical step – we’ll make illegal working a criminal offence in its own right.“That means wages paid to illegal migrants will be seized as proceeds of crime and businesses will be told when their workers’ visas expire.So if you’re involved in illegal working – employer or employee – you’re breaking the law.”The move will close a loophole which means only migrants with leave to remain who are working illegally can be prosecuted, while others who have not been detected or failed to return home when their visas expire are beyond the scope of the law.