Immigration: Where does each party stand?
- Live Mag UK
Immigration wasn't always a national concern however a growing number of migrants in the UK has made it a hot topic for the May 7th election.
Immigration has been one of the most debated issues in the run up to this year’s general election. Alongside managing the economy and the NHS it ranks as one of voters most important concerns, hence why all the parties are battling it out to prove they have the best policy.
The most recent figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that there has been an increase of 45,000 people migrating from the EU and 30,000 from around the world
Here is the lowdown for each political party:
The Labour Party
- EU migrants will have to wait at least two years before they can claim benefits
- Reducing low skilled migrants with a ban on recruitment agencies from only recruiting overseas workers
- 1000 extra staff to strengthen border control
- Public sector workers in public-facing roles to require minimum standards of English
The Conservative Party
- A target to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands
- EU migrants to work for four years before they can claim any benefits
- End jobseekers allowance for EU migrants, they will also be required to leave if they have not found work after six months
- A EU migrant will no longer be able to claim child benefits for children living abroad
The Liberal Democrats
- Complete the restoration of full entry and exit checks at our borders
- Speed up the process of asylum claims with an aim to reduce the time genuine refugees gave to wait before they can settle in the UK
- Double the amount of inspections on employers to ensure the statutory employment legalisation is being implemented
- New claimants of Jobseekers allowance will have their English skills assessed with JSA being conditional on attending a English language course
- Leave the EU and take back controls of our border
- An Australian style points system used to assess all potential migrants
- Immigration capped at 50,000
- End access to benefits and free NHS treatment for new immigrants until they have paid tax and NI for five years
The Green Party
- Abolish the policy that requires a British citizen to have an income of at least £18,600 a year before their partner can come to live in the UK
- Ensure that no prospective immigrant is held in detention.
- Free/affordable English or Welsh language lessons to all new immigrants who want them
- Open up ways for existing migrants who have been here for three years to become legal.
- No restrictions on foreign students and also allowing them to work In the UK two years after graduation
- Support sensible immigration policies that meet Scotland’s economic needs
- Seek the reintroduction of the post study work visa for foreign students
In the first episode of #BUSSTOPBANTS, Live Mag UK headed down to Ilford to discuss the issue of immigration.
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