London, Sep 23 (UNI) Britain has called for a two-track immigration system, forcing some economic migrants to pay more to the cost of public services.
The chief of Britain's new Equality and Human Rights watchdog Trevor Phillips, who will launch the Commission this week was quotd as saying by the Sunday Times that some new migrants should be required to pay extra for public services such as health, education and welfare.
The proposal came after the warning issued by the chief constable of Cambridgeshire police Julie Spence that a sudden influx of migrant workers had left her force struggling to deal with certain offences, including knife crime and drunker-driving.
Mr Phillips said the current immigration system was not equipped to deal with ''shuttle migrants''-- people who virtually commute from Warsaw or Slovenia.
''It's not that we don't want them to come here. But they put a stress on the infrastructure. Such migrants and their employers might have to make a contribution, for social insurance for example,'' he said.
Migrants from Poland and other eastern European countries that joined the European Union in 2004 are entitled to child benefits, tax credits, housing benefit and accommodation after a year's employment.