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Immigrants should pay National Insurance upfront, says think tank

Migrants should be required to pay a £2,000 ‘National Insurance Advance’ upon first entering the UK, a new think tank report has proposed.

In the second of three publications aimed at setting a ‘liberal’ immigration agenda before the next general election, CentreForum argues that politicians must restore confidence in the immigration system while preserving key principles such as freedom and tolerance.

As well as the National Insurance proposal, which would apply to non-EU economic migrants only, CentreForum’s report contains plans to extend the period before EU migrants can claim out of work benefits to 12 months.

The report suggests that, rather than concentrating on reducing net migration figures, a broader migration and population change target should be set by the Government of the day at the start of each new parliament.

Other recommendations in the report include a student loans style scheme for migrants to pay for English language classes and a plan to shift responsibility for asylum cases from the Home Office to the Ministry of Justice.

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