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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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Key points from Nick Clegg's immigration speech

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will make a speech today outlining an immigration system that "embodies this nation's instincts and its values". In it, he is expected to:

  • Claim to be correcting the mistakes left by Labour government
  • Introduce a pilot scheme for security bonds - deposits that can be claimed back when visitors from "high-risk" countries leave
  • Promise larger cash fines for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants
  • Call for a crackdown on human trafficking by criminal gangs
  • Defend the Coalition decision to exclude students from immigration cap

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