Updated Apr 2014
Immigration brings many benefits – economic, social and cultural – but also creates pressures in some communities.
a fair deal on migration, to ensure the benefits of migration are more widely and fairly shared and that no one is left at a disadvantage by the impacts of migration
We believe that if the fair deal on migration was implemented, including requirements on migrants to work hard, pay into the system and uphold British values, public consent for a more sustainable approach to migration could be achieved.
Migration policy needs to command public consent, to be based on firm evidence but also to be grounded in a framework of principles.
We support freedom of movement in Europe.
However, there is scope for reform, particularly around the impacts on local public services.
To help manage the impacts of EU migration in local areas, we propose that
the Migrant Impacts Fund should be re-established
Half of a £200 public service levy on visa applications should be allocated to pay for this fund.
We propose that different categories of migrant inflow should be managed differently, depending on how beneficial they are to the UK. This approach should replace the government's crude net migration target which bears down on all migration flows.
Endorsed by business secretary Vince Cable, Jan 2014
In particular, immigration in the form of international fee-paying students attending British universities is a vital source of export income and we should be seeking to maximise numbers.
Endorsed by Labour, Dec 2013
Migration policy does not end at the border. Effective integration policy is about helping migrants and established citizens to adapt to the changes in their communities.
We believe in the idea of
everyday integration, where people from right across the community have the time and space to meet and interact within the flow of everyday life
We call for
a national strategy for integration policy, supported by local delivery plans firmly rooted in communities and neighbourhoods
One aspect of immigration which undermines the integrity of our system is irregular migration.
a blanket amnesty on irregular migration is not an appropriate response, as it sends the wrong message
Irregularity should be resolved on a case-by-case basis, sometimes by allowing people to stay in the UK but in other cases by making more use of return.
It is vital that government and civil society groups foster cooperation around regularisation and return, so that cases of irregular migration can be dealt with fairly and promptly.
To prevent irregular migration in the first place, we support the continuation of effective border controls.
We also propose
investment should be made to support economic development and improve governance in countries where irregular migration originates
It is also important to work with transit countries – countries which would-be irregular migrants pass through on their way to Europe and the UK – to improve their own systems of integration, education and return.
Adopted by Moroccan government, Sep 2013
Britain should expand its current commitment to the UNHCR's refugee resettlement programme
This means accepting more refugees, who can spend years living in camps, and improving the speed and flexibility of Britain's response to major emergencies, such as the Syrian crisis.
Human trafficking is a real and significant problem in the UK. By definition, most victims are in very vulnerable circumstances and so can find it very difficult to come forward.
Tough ongoing investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of trafficking is vital.
We also propose that
additional support should be provided for the victims of human trafficking and illegal employment or imprisonment
An often overlooked aspect of migration is emigration – people leaving the UK. Millions of Brits live abroad and they represent a huge potential asset.
the UK government should be do more to engage with the British diaspora