GENERAL ELECTION MANIFESTIVAL
Part 3: Immigration & Asylum
When it comes to immigration, each manifesto sings a different tune. The Conservatives play the ‘best and brightest’ mantra, aspiring ultimately to reduce immigration. Labour prioritises human rights with a secondary interest in solving ‘skills and labour shortages’ through immigration. The Liberal Democrats bridge the two with their ‘compassionate and effective’ self-description, though they give by far the most focus to humanitarian immigration. Both Labour and Liberal Democrats speak of ending the ‘Conservative hostile environment’.
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER:
Currently, the UK is part of a ‘Common European Asylum System’. This involves a system of distributing refugees according to landing countries and family members (including a shared fingerprint-database), and minimum standards of treatment. There is no indication from any party what would become of the UK’s asylum system upon exiting the EU.