Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Opposition, has announced the Labour Party’s ten point immigration strategy if they win the 2015 General Election.
The strategy includes:
- Recruiting 1,000 extra borders staff, paid for by a small charge on non-visa visitors to the UK.
- Stopping those who have committed serious crimes coming to Britain and deporting those who commit them after they arrive.
- Introducing full exit checks, so that we can count people in and out of the country.
- Ending the indefinite detention of people in the asylum system and upholding our traditions and obligations on refugees.
- Keeping the cap on workers from outside the EU and tightening the rules by requiring large firms hiring workers from outside to offer apprenticeships here.
- Making it illegal for employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers – and enforcing this law with a special 100-strong Home Office unit with investigatory powers.
- Banning recruitment agencies from hiring only from overseas.
- Closing the agency workers loophole where employers are able to use agency staff as a way to undercut the wages of permanent staff.
- Preventing people who come here from claiming benefits for at least two years or sending child benefit to families living abroad.
- Requiring people working in public services in public facing roles to speak English.