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Vaz launches probe into Britain's proposed migration system
By Dipankar De Sarkar, London, June 20, 2008 (IANS)

Keith VazKeith Vaz, chairman of the British parliament's home affairs committee, Friday launched an inquiry into plans for sweeping changes to the migration system, saying there are concerns about their impact on the catering industry.

"It is vital that the government effectively manages migration to and from the UK to meet the demands of our economy and manage pressures on our labour market. We therefore wish to examine the government's plans for simplifying existing migration routes into this country through the new points-based migration system," Vaz, an ethnic Indian MP, said in a statement.

The British government plans to introduce a points-based system that will give preference to high-earning, qualified, English-speaking and young applicants to live and work in Britain.

But the plans have led to widespread protests by Indian and Chinese caterers and restaurateurs in Britain, who say they face financial ruin because under the new rules they will not be able to import chefs and other staff who may not fulfil the strict conditions laid down by the government.

"There have been many concerns raised about the new system, including the information provided to businesses about their requirements and the delay in processing applications," Vaz said.

"The catering industry has also raised major concerns about the effect they believe this system will have on their employees. It is vital that we look at the validity of these concerns," he added.

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