Originally Posted by basa
Surely the crux of the matter is that any would be migrant to this country should be able to demonstrate one of two things:
B). They are genuinely escaping a repressive regime and this is their first safe country of landing.
Sorry, but that is nonsense. As someone has mentioned, many highly educated foreigners work here as expats. They pay their taxes here, and may end up being net contributors to the UK economy. For one, any European Union citizen can come and work in this country, as Brits can work anywhere in the EU. And people may not come here for economic gain (or to take advantage of the NHS). They may simply decide to work abroad for a couple of years as it is good for their career..