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Political Discourse. crucial to understanding perceptions of immigration our views of political parties’ positions on immigration are a key aspect of how we judge them overall. Positions of Parties- Coalition Government 2010-.

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political discourse
Political Discourse
  • crucial to understanding perceptions of immigration
  • our views of political parties’ positions on immigration are a key aspect of how we judge them overall
positions of parties coalition government 2010
Positions of Parties- Coalition Government 2010-

pledged to reduce immigration to the “tens of thousands” by the end of the current parliament, in May 2015.


Non-EU labour immigration has been restricted

  • entrepreneurs, investors and people of exceptional talent
  • Threshold (point) on minimum pay has been introduced for those who wish to stay in the UK permanently

to reduce student entry to the UK, and entry for family reunification

  • earlier this year announced that it will look to bring in laws so short-term migrants pay for NHS care
  • landlords are required to check the immigration status of tenants.

Labour’s previous term in office Ed Miliband “too disconnected from the concerns of working people” on immigration.

policy announcements since the last election
Policy announcements since the last election
  • addressing the negative impacts of immigration, rather than on the issue of numbers
  • improving regulation of the labour market
  • enforcement of the minimum wage
  • ensuring British employers invest in training and up-skilling people in their local area, rather than relying on cheap labour from overseas.

historically taken a liberal position on immigration policy

  • government’s efforts to bring down immigration have been led for the most part by the Conservatives, they have been supported by the Liberal Democrats

March 2013 Mr Clegg announced plans to introduce a bond payment for immigrants that they get back when they leave the country

  • proposing to introduce exit checks (also supported by other parties)
  • give attention to deportation and border enforcement.

The UK Independence Party

  • UKIP has seen recent successes in local and by-elections, With regards to limiting immigration

pledged to introduce a five year freeze on immigration for permanent settlement

  • regulate any immigration thereafter, restricting access to benefits and social housing for immigrants until they have paid taxes for five years
  • policies are not viable without the UK withdrawing from the EU- UKIP is committed to