Is an ‘Australian style’ points-based immigration system a workable policy? Possibly.
It depends on the exact nature of the legislation. For much of the public, the words ‘points-based immigration system’ are a euphemism for a stricter and more selective immigration policy, despite being more of a slogan than an exact policy. What’s clear is that UK immigration policy does have to change, and the reason it has become a focal point of Boris Johnson’s campaign is that his party is aware of it. Much of the country agrees with him, as seen in the polling data and justified by immigration statistics.
77% of people support immigration reduction
Legal and illegal immigration has skyrocketed in the past 2 decades. Approximately 1.2 million illegal immigrants are estimated to be living in Britain, and there has been a sharp decline in the removals of those here illegally. Only 15% of people feel that the government has managed immigration competently and fairly, and just 17% trust them to tell the truth. 77% support immigration reduction.
The Australian system is not without merit. Despite the complaints by proponents of mass immigration, its implementation has meant that skilled migrants made up about 68% of the 190 000 places available in the 2014-15 migration programme. Further, all applicants that are successful speak fluent English; in fact, you cannot apply if you don’t have a basic competence. This has undoubtedly made assimilation into Australian society as smooth as possible, and minimised any threat to social cohesion. As well as strict control of legal immigration, they’ve also taken an admirable stand against illegal immigration. Boats found in Australian waters are turned away where it is safe to do so, regardless of where they’re from.
Reform of our immigration system is clearly necessary, and inevitable
While the exact nature of the policy proposed by Boris Johnson is yet to be seen, reform of our immigration system is clearly necessary, and inevitable. An Australian style points-based system has great potential.
Joe Molander’s piece against the Conservative immigration policy can be found here: http://www.thecourieronline.co.uk/why-the-conservative-immigration-policy-is-not-workable/
Last modified: 28th November 2019