Clegg targets visa 'overstayers'

Nick Clegg has called for a bail-like system of security bonds to tackle visa abuse today. He will say that bonds would be paid as a cash guarantee from visa applicants who come in from high-risk countries.

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Is Clegg's interest in immigration related to UKIP's rise?

Nick Clegg's first speech on immigration as deputy prime minister comes three weeks after UKIP came second to the Liberal Democrats in the Eastleigh by-election.

I wonder if his sudden interest in immigration is related?

The Liberal Democrats certainly sound as though they are getting a bit tougher on the issue: Mr Clegg announced an end of "amnesties" for illegal immigrants, bigger fines for employers who take on illegal immigrants and a pilot scheme for security bonds.

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