Shadow secretary Yvette Cooper announced that there are loopholes in the regulations about student visa and these do allow tens of thousands of people to enter in the UK without any checks.
Ms. Cooper accused the previous government and shared her opinion that Labour has to try harder in order to recognise the economic impact of immigration. She mentioned that while in government Labour did not always do the best so that immigration is managed in a way that it is “fair for all”.
She admitted that now her party did not like to talk about problems but she promised that things would change.
“We will support the government where it introduces sensible policies and we will point out where they are getting things wrong,” she said.
In her words the fines for firms that pay migrants less than the minimum wage should be doubled and British workers have to be given more opportunities to start working in sectors with high levels of foreign recruitment.
Ms Cooper told Today that the most important thing that now government has focused on was reduction of net migration.
She said she was informed of about 150,000 who were probably abusing student visas.
According to the information she has, the number of such visas has gone up by 30,000 a year since the election and at the same time applicants are not obliged to meet any academic requirements.
Another thing she mentioned was the problem with illegal immigration in the UK.
When talking about migration from the EU she proposed that the government coped with this problem in a “sensible” way.
The decision which has to be taken is to be forbidden for newcomers to claim Jobseekers Allowance in the first few days or weeks of their arrival.
Immigration minister Mark Harper, responding to Ms Cooper’s comments, told Today:
“Our policy of reducing net migration has been successful so far. We’ve reduced net migration by a third. Most of that has been from a reduction of people coming into the country – 74,000 of the 84,000 reduction in net migration is a reduction in immigration.”
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