The position of the main parties on migration


The Uk Elections have been focusing also on migration, which has been a major topic also in the conversation that lead to the decision pro Brexit. Here below you can find a summary of the position of each party in this matter.



  • Reduce annual net migration to a “sustainable” level in the tens of thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands
  • “For the first time in decades”, control immigration from the European Unionwith new immigration policy
  • Toughen up requirements for student visas, include students in immigration quotas and expect them to leave the country when studies are finished
  • Independent consultation to better align the visa system with Britain’s modern industrial strategy
  • Double the Immigration Skills Charge on companies employing migrant workers

During the campaign, Theresa May promised to deliver “proper control of our immigration” and to introduce restrictions on people coming to Britain from the European Union. She said: “What we need to do is have proper control of our immigration and, of course, we are going to be able to put in rules for people coming from the EU to the UK once we leave the European Union.


The Labout party

  • No commitment to reduce numbers
  • Labour “believes in fair rules and reasonable management of migration” and will not resort to “bogus” immigration targets
  • Scrap income thresholds for spouses of migrants who want to come to the UK
  • Creation of a Migrant Impact Fund to support public services in host communities. It will be funded by visa levies and a contributory element from residence visas for high net worth individuals


During an event, Corbyn said that the party would introduce a border control system “based on needs of the economy” and family reunion.


Liberal Democrats


  • whole-hearted support freedom of movement between the UK and the EU.
  • remove students from official migration statistics and allow high-skilled immigration to be a possibility for sectors which need certain skill sets.
  • re-establishment of the “Dubs” child refugee scheme and to welcome 50,000 Syrian refugees into the country over a period of five years.



  • To introduce a “one in, one out” immigration system and set a target to reduce net migration to zero over a five-year period.
  • Place a moratorium on unskilled and low-skilled immigration for five years after the UK leaves the EU.
  • No amnesty for illegal immigrants.
  • To introduce a “social attitudes” test as part of a points-based immigration system which would stop people who believe women or gay people are “second-class citizens” from entering the country.


Scottish National Party

  • immediate right for EU citizens staying in the country to be allowed to remain.
  • devolution of immigration powers to Scotland so they are able to control immigration figures and attract EU citizens.
  • Support to the Dubs syrian child refugee scheme to allow children into the country.


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