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Immigration inspectors and photo ID cards

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PHOTOGRAPHIC identity cards, new immigration inspectors to raid building sites and incentives for Islanders to blow the whistle on unauthorised white-van men are all needed to control Jersey's spiralling population, according to a group of influential States backbenchers.

These and other far-reaching recommendations to bolster population controls are released today in a report by the Corporate Services Scrutiny sub- panel on measures to manage immigration.

They are published against the background of unprecedented levels of unemployment and in the wake of the 2011 Census which showed the population had soared by around 10,000 in ten years.

Deputy Sean Power, who chaired the sub-panel, said that too little had been done for too long to control the population and, as a result, the Island's public services and infrastructure were under increasing pressure.

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