November 14, 2019
New research shows that net migration will increase under a Corbyn-led Labour Government which would put public services under increasing pressure. The analysis of Labour's proposals for open borders - which uses official figures and the Government's own methodology - reveals that net migration could increase to 840,000 per year if Jeremy Corbyn is elected as Prime Minister.
New analysis released today, using official figures and based on HM Government's own methodology reveals:
This analysis is deliberately cautious and is likely to provide a significant underestimate of net inflows from non-EEA countries under Labour's plans.
This is in stark contrast to the skills based immigration system which will be implemented by a majority Conservative Government. We would be in control of our borders and decide who comes to our country based on what they have to offer, not where they come from. Freedom of movement would end in January 2021 and EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally.
Priti Patel, Home Secretary, said:
“Under Corbyn's Labour, immigration would surge, and put huge strain on schools and our NHS. Jeremy Corbyn has no credible plan for how to deal with the consequences of his open borders policy. The biggest risk to our NHS is Corbyn's plans for uncontrolled and unlimited immigration, forever. His plan to hold another two referendums next year - and all the chaos that will bring - will mean that his Government will not have time to focus on the people's priorities.
“By contrast the Conservatives will get Brexit done, end free movement and introduce an Australian-style points system so that we can control our borders and protect our public services.
“We will reduce immigration overall while being more open and flexible to the highly skilled people we need, such as scientists and doctors. This can only happen if people vote for a Conservative majority government so we can leave the EU with a deal.”
The full analysis, Jeremy Corbyn’s Plan For Uncontrolled And Unlimited Immigration, is available here.
Labour’s 2019 Conference voted for a motion which said Labour will “maintain and extend free movement rights” in their next manifesto (LabourList, 25 September 2019, link).
The architects of Labour’s policy explained it means extending free movement “beyond the EU” (Labour for Free Movement, 25 September 2019, link).
He said in a rally in Telford: ‘yes, there has to be that movement of people… I'll tell you this, I want to make sure that all those European Union nationals… can come here’ (BBC, Andrew Marr Show, 10 November 2019).
He said: ‘We're going to have an immigration policy which has as much freedom of movement as possible’ (Daily Mail, 30 October 2019, link).
In 2013 he said: ‘If we’re a civilised society we should have open borders. We should be allowed to travel right the way across the globe wherever we want. It should be a basic human right’. In 2016 he wrote: ‘Inevitably in this century we will have open borders.We’re seeing it in Europe already. The movement of peoples across the globe will mean that borders are almost going to become irrelevant by the end of this century, so we should be preparing for that’ (South London Peoples Assembly, YouTube, 7 August 2013, link; The Telegraph, 1 February 2016, link).
The system will be based upon the following principles – giving priority to those who:
Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:
“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”