Labour's leadership contenders have form on immigration issues The candidates in the battle to succeed Ed Miliband as the leader of the Labour party has allowed an opportunity for the party to debate immigration policy more openly and without the constraints of a set and rigid policy agenda. Jeremy Corbyn, who during the selection period just about scraped enough nominations to get on to the ballot, has found himself leading the race with a tsunami of support from constituency Labour branches across the country. Corbyn is also, along with Liz Kendall, a candidate who is on the ‘pro’ side of the immigration debate.
In summary, the key findings of the report were:
The APPG has been running an inquiry looking into the closure of the post-study work route, the visa route that used to allow international students to work for up to two years after their studies, which the Coalition Government closed in 2012. Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May at the time said the route was being abused by “foreign graduates staying on in the UK to work in unskilled jobs”. May also added that at a time of high unemployed rates amongst domestic students, allowing non-EEA students open access to the UK’s labour market would be inappropriate.
PASC chair Bernard Jenkin, a Conservative MP representing Harwich and North Essex, spoke extensively about the intricate nature of migration statistics when recorded by the International Passenger Survey (IPS), which is ‘subject to a large margin of error’. He remarked that the collection of data for the number of immigrants and emigrants is far lower than the actual numbers coming and going. He added:
The Westminster Hall debate will be led by Bernard Jenkins MP, the Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, which looked into migration statistics last year and published a critical report of how the government was recording statistics and ensuring a proper mechanism to manage migration numbers in the UK existed. The committee’s inquiry considered various factors that record migration and took oral and written evidence from key experts including Dr Scott Blinder from Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford and Professor John Salt of the Migration Research Unit at UCL. Civil servants from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Home Office also faced questioning from MPs.