Three years ago, we made a promise: to bring immigration back under control.
The latest set of independent statistics show we’re doing just that.
Since the election, we have cut net immigration by more than a third. The number of immigrants coming to the UK is now lower than it has been for over a decade.
After years of uncontrolled immigration under Labour, the Conservatives are building an immigration system which works in our national interest.
We want this country to attract people who will contribute to our national life – but those who will not should be deterred.
||We have closed down bogus colleges and made students who want to come to the UK prove they’re coming here to study, not to work.
||We have made sure people can only bring in a spouse or partner from outside Europe if they can support them financially.
||We have rewritten the ‘Life in the UK’ test for new citizens, putting British values and British history at its heart.
Labour have opposed every single one of these reforms.
But we know there is more to do. It is still too easy for illegal immigrants to access public services which they’re not entitled to – and too hard for immigration officials to remove them from the UK. Our new Immigration Bill will clamp down on those from overseas who abuse our public services, make Britain less of a soft touch, and make it easier for us to remove people who should not be here.
It will take time to clear up the mess we inherited from Labour. But these figures show that we can do it.
The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP
What about the huge number of Bulgarians and Romanian Gypsies who will come to UK soon?