Thanks to the 17,200 of you who took part in our immigration survey Nicky Morgan MP (Conservative), Tulip Siddiq MP (Labour) and Christine Jardine MP (Liberal Democrat) have listened. They have included our responses in a cross-party letter to the Government: ensuring immigration reforms reflect our views.
The key measures they are asking for are:
- A Migration and Communities Fund for local councils to ease pressure on local services such as housing, schools and hospitals.
- An annual Parliamentary debate on migration to inform MPs and the public, and enable us as a country to have a fact-based debate about the benefits and challenges of migration.
- An end to the use of any arbitrary net migration targets and instead consider the UK's needs and humanitarian obligations.
- Better enforcement of the rules that are already available to us. For example, we can expel EU citizens on grounds of public policy, public security, or public health.
Finding a new immigration policy
The Government has indicated it will bring forward draft proposals for the UK’s immigration system at the end of this year. An Immigration Bill would likely follow early in 2019.
With the help of More United, three MPs have decided to put their party differences to one side and find a way of shaping this legislation together in a way that is right for the country.
They want to find out what you think about the immigration system. Make your voice heard by taking the survey.
"Whilst there are lots of ideas we will disagree on, we all agree that a new immigration policy for Britain should not be xenophobic, should support our economy, and should support our local communities when they experience unusual migration flows. And we are open-minded about how best we can do this.
By working with More United, these MPs want to reach beyond the usual suspects – think tanks, research centres and politicians – to create the largest possible pool of people like us who want to work together to tackle the big challenges of the day.
With your help, we hope that we can build support across Parliament to build confidence in the immigration system and to help heal divisions.
Nicky Morgan (Conservative MP), Tulip Siddiq (Labour MP), Christine Jardine (Liberal Democrat MP)"