Today the Prime Minister takes time out from his efforts to lead NATO’s response to Libya and the UN to talk to us about immigration.
His general theme will be popular with many. He wants good immigration, not mass immigration. The question is, are Ministers now delivering this?
Most people agree our universities should be able to obtain visa for students coming here to study. Most also agree bogus Colleges set up to get people round the other immigration rules should be stopped.
Most agree that people with special skills we need should be granted visas and work permits. Many also agree that we need to find a way of getting more people already living here legally back to work or into work.
Contributors to this site have expressed many concerns about the position in the Information technology industry and the government’s approach to contractors and shorter term permits.
It would be useful on a day when the PM himself sets out a more controlled approach to debate whether the new approach is working. Are the rules sensible? Do they achieve the desired aim?
One of the problems with this whole policy area is the fact that Labour gave away the UK’s opt out from the common borders policy within the EU. The Uk government can today only settle an immigration policy for people coming from outside the EU. Migration from within the EU is determined by the common policy and by the success of all EU members at controlling their system.