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The UK wants the 'best' immigrants. Why would they want the UK?

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After months of speculation and years of endless debates on the topic, the British government has finally announced the details of its post-Brexit immigration plans. As promised in the election manifesto with which the Conservative Party won its majority last year, the UK will soon adopt a points-based system, aimed to put an end to "low-skilled" immigration.

Under the new rules, people wishing to move to the UK will need 70 points. To clock up said points, they will need to earn above £25,600 a year (20 points), speak good English (10 points), have a job offer from an approved sponsor (20 points), and so on. In short: unless you are already successful, good luck with that. (I, myself, am a foreigner in the UK and have been living here for over a decade. But I would still not have enough points to move here now).

The new system may be welcome to those who voted Leave in the Brexit referendum in 2016 - many wanted to reduce immigration and saw leaving the EU as a means to that end. But a points system risks leaving the country poorer - both literally and figuratively. It also shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the mindset of most immigrants, either........

© Al Jazeera