Controlling Immigration Fairly
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09 Jun 2014
The Government promised to reduce net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’ but they are failing to reach their target. It is going up not down and they aren't tackling those who exploit immigration to undercut local wages and jobs.
Many local people tell me that whilst immigration is important for our economy, there also need to be proper controls. Immigration must be controlled and managed so the system is fair for local people and in the interests of Britain.
I would like to see a progressive approach to immigration, which recognises the benefits immigration can bring, and also sets out practical policies to control immigration, addressing the impact on jobs, wages and communities to make the system fairer for all. This could be done by introducing stronger controls on borders and on immigration from new EU countries. We also need to crack down on the agencies and zero hours contracts that employers use to exploit immigration and undercut local workers.