It appears that UKIP are basing their local election campaign on immigration. Now I am quite aware that immigration policy has nothing to do with the county council and certain other bloggers may accuse me of dog whistle politics, but immigration is still an issue that people are concerned about. Therefore I am blogging about the Conservative Party’s immigration policy.
Immigration is a hugely emotive subject, so it is important to cut through the extremes of the debate and approach the subject sensibly and reasonably. Immigrants make a huge contribution to Britain. We Recognise that – and we welcome it. But for too long, immigration has been too high. It has placed real pressures on communities up and down the country. Controlling immigration and bringing it down is of vital importance to the future of our country.
During the Labour years there were over 3 million net migrants – 600,000 from Europe; 2.5 million from elsewhere. Conservative Immigration Ministers have:
✔ Cut annual net migration by a third, now down to just over 160,000
✔ Limited economic migrants to 20,700 per year
✔ Set tougher tests for migrants, including English language tests
✔ Allowed only those who contribute economically to stay long-term
A new five point plan on immigration – turning off the
1. Local homes for local people – social housing will be limited to
those who have lived locally for a defined period.
2. Restrictions to welfare benefits – job seekers allowance only for
those migrants actively seeking work – to be stopped after six
months if the person has not got a good chance of finding a job.
3. A National Health Service not an international one – limiting
migrant access to public services such as the NHS.
4. Costs of medical treatment for EU migrants must be paid for by
their own government
5. Harsher penalties for companies employing illegal workers.
Britain will always be open to the best and brightest from around the world and those fleeing persecution. But with us, our borders will be under control and immigration will be at levels our country can manage.
OTHERS MAY TALK – ONLY CONSERVATIVES HAVE BOTH THE INTENTION
AND THE POWER TO TAKE ACTION
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