Under Labour net migration to reached more than 2.2 million people – more than twice the population of Birmingham. Labour admit that their immigration system was ‘not fit for purpose’ and they left a backlog of 450,000 asylum cases.
The Conservatives are getting to grips with Labour’s chaos. We are controlling immigration and our action will reduce net migration down from the hundreds to the tens of thousands a year, back to the sustainable levels seen under the last Conservative government.
But we need to know not just that the right numbers of people are coming here, but that the right people are coming here. People who will benefit Britain, not just those who will benefit by Britain.
We have already taken strong action to reduce migration by:
Capping economic migration. We have capped the number of non-EU skilled workers employers can bring here to work at 20,700 a year. No non-EU unskilled workers are allowed.
Introducing an income threshold. Only those earning at least £18,600 will be able to bring in a spouse or partner from outside Europe. A higher threshold will be required for bringing in children under 18: £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child.
Reforming of Student Visas. We have shut bogus colleges with their fake students and will turn away those students at the border who do not speak English. This action will reduce the number of student visas by a quarter.