Free Movement have summarised the party lines on immigration in election manifestos:
- Conservative will continue to grant asylum and support to refugees fleeing persecution “with the ultimate aim of helping them to return home if it is safe to do so.” They will boost English language teaching to empower migrants and help them to integrate.
- Labour has committed to establishing a humane immigration and ending the hostile environment that caused the Windrush scandal. There is a commitment to end indefinite detention, review the alternatives to the inhumane conditions of detention centres, and close Yarl’s Wood and Brook House. The rights of refugees will be upheld, safe and legal routes for asylum seekers will be established, and “refugees will have the right to work” and “will be treated humanely by Government at all levels.”
- Liberal Democrats have committed to implement a fair system for seekers of sanctuary, including by granting asylum seekers the right to work after three months; committing resettlement places to 10,000 refugees each year; providing free English lessons to refugees and asylum seekers; and moving asylum policymaking from the Home Office to the Department for International Development. They have also committed to scrapping the hostile environment, introducing a 28-day time limit on detention and closing seven of the UK’s nine detention centres.
- The Green Party has committed to end the hostile environment, ending indefinite detention, closing the immigration detention centres, allowing “refugees to live freely, with a right to work, whilst their applications are considered.”
Other parties are also standing at the elections, but Free movement haven’t summarised these (yet). Also – don’t forget the excellent Refugee Action Campaigning pack that we posted last week