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The debate over the £30,000 “skilled worker” threshold reveals everything wrong with our attitude to immigration

We should think critically about our attitude to migrants that means that we do not see them as people, but as economic units

By Charlotte Lydia Riley  

UK Border Force officers work in the watch room overlooking immigration control at Heathrow. Photo: PA

How much is a “skilled” worker worth? The latest government white paper on immigration continues many of the principles of the hostile environment—unsurprisingly, given that many of those principles were established and underlined while Theresa May was in charge of the Home Office. One of the key areas that has attracted attention is the proposed £30,000 salary threshold for workers wishing to come to the UK.

Those earning under this threshold—dubbed “low skilled…

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