For our country to stay strong, with the confidence to look outwards rather than inwards, people need to feel secure in the strength of our borders, our communities and in the workplace.

Labour will never cut Britain off from the rest of the world. Our economy and our society benefit from the talent and investment of people who come here, but the system needs to be controlled and managed so that it is fair. Low-skilled migration has been too high and needs to come down. We need much stronger action to stop illegal immigration.

We will strengthen our borders and social integration to ensure migrants can play their part in British society

  • We will enforce fair rules so those who come here won’t be able to claim benefits for at least two years, and we will stop child benefit being sent to families living abroad.
  • We will make it illegal for employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers.
  • We will ban recruitment agencies from hiring only from overseas, and, where there is evidence of abuse, we will crack down on rogue agencies by extending the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.
  • We will strengthen our borders, recruiting an additional 1,000 border staff paid for by a small charge on non-visa visitors to the UK.
  • We will introduce full exit checks, which will enable us to count people in and out of the country.
  • We will require people working in public-facing roles in public services to speak English.
  • We will bring in stronger controls to prevent those who have committed serious crimes coming to Britain and to deport those who commit crimes while they are here.
  • We will tighten the system for short-term student visitor visas to prevent abuse, while welcoming university students who bring billions of pounds into Britain.
  • We will keep the cap on workers from outside the EU.
  • We will end the indefinite detention of people in the asylum and immigration system, ending detention entirely for pregnant women and those who have been the victims of sexual abuse or trafficking.
  • We will ensure Britain continues its proud history of providing refuge for those fleeing persecution by upholding our international obligations, including working with the UN to support vulnerable refugees from Syria.

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