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Chief Minister urges the States to reject permit plan
Jersey's Chief Minister is urging the States to reject permit plans

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, is urging the States not to support plans to introduce work permits in the island.

There is a call for the States to look at bringing in permits for anyone who wants to come to live or work here.

Deputy Paul Le Claire claims the island discriminates against people born here.

He believes permits that restrict the number of people who can move to the island would make things fairer for local people.

But Senator Le Sueur, who admits some form of employment protection for long term residents is needed, says permits are an inefficient way to do it.

He says they would cost the government at least £200,000, and their administration would be a burden to local businesses.

Senator Le Sueur believes Jersey's new migration law, which is still being worked on, will address concerns about local housing and jobs.

The permits idea is due to be debated in the States.

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