Migrants' Rights Network

General Election 2017 round-up: parties declare on immigration

The three main parties have set out their intentions on immigration policy as part of the UK general election campaign which climaxes on 8 June.

The Conservative leader Theresa May has reportedly indicated that the party will again promise to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” in its election manifesto. In a thunderous editorial, the Times newspaper described the stance as ‘bad policy’ and ‘bad politics’ as well as a ‘liability’.

According to Labour’s recently leaked manifesto the party will get rid of the  income threshold and replace it with an obligation to have no recourse to public funds. The Daily Telegraph said the Labour vow to end free movement ‘has almost immediately unravelled’  after the party said that EU migrants should be able to come to Britain as long as they have a job offer.

The Liberal Democrats have set out a plan to take 10,000 refugees from Syria every year in the next parliament, as well as reopening the Dubs programme for refugee children. Anti-migration group Migration Watch describes the Lib Dem immigration policies as ‘entirely hollow in the absence of any overall limits to immigration’.

Meanwhile, Migrants Organise has launched a project to support EU nationals, migrants and refugee communities to get their voices heard in the 2017 General Election on 8 June. Voter registration events are already being organised by communities across the UK.

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