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Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker: Immigration

Manifesto scorecard final

Welcome to the Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker. As the name suggests, it tracks the progress the government is making - or not - in achieving the promises made by the Conservatives in their 2015 general election manifesto and major policy announcements.

The traffic light scorecard above shows the current status of all of the policies. The tracker will be updated quarterly.

The tracker has been broken down into policy areas, which can be explored by clicking on each of the links below.

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This section deals with immigration.

IMMIGRATION

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Maintain the level of skilled economic migration from outside the EU at 20,700 during the next Parliament

- Manifesto, page 30

  • Cap is currently in place

Keep our ambition of delivering annual net migration in the tens of thousands, not the hundreds of thousands

- Manifesto, page 29

  • Estimated net migration in the year to June 2015 reached a record 336,000

Extend "Deport first, appeal later" rule to all immigration appeals and judicial reviews, including where a so-called right to family life is involved, apart from asylum claims

- Manifesto, page 30

  • Included in the Immigration Bill which is currently progressing through Parliament
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EU migrants who want to claim tax credits and child benefit must live here and contribute to our country for a minimum of four years

- Manifesto, page 30

  • This is subject to ongoing negotiations between the British Government and the EU, due to be settled ahead of an in-out referendum on EU membership before the end of 2017

Introduce a new residency requirement for social housing, so that EU migrants cannot even be considered for a council house unless they have been living in an area for at least four years

- Manifesto, page 30

  • Renegotiation proposals by David Cameron in November 2015 did not mention changes to social housing or a residency test for EU migrants

If an EU migrant's child is living abroad, then they should receive no child benefit or child tax credit

- Manifesto, page 30

  • This is subject to ongoing negotiations between the British government and the EU, due to be settled ahead of an in-out referendum on EU membership before the end of 2017

End the ability of EU jobseekers to claim any job-seeking benefits at all

- Manifesto, page 30

  • Presently EU jobseekers can claim income-based jobseeker's allowance after living in the UK for three months. They will not be able to claim job-seeking benefits under Universal Credit, which is still being rolled out
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If [EU] jobseekers have not found a job within six months, they will be required to leave the UK

- Manifesto, page 30

  • The government claims this is already taking place, but in September 2015 the European Court of Justice ruled against automatic expulsion saying EU citizens and their families "may not be expelled for as long as the union citizens can provide evidence that they are continuing to seek employment and that they have a genuine chance of being engaged"

Toughen requirements for non-EU spouses to join EU citizens, including with an income threshold and English language test

- Manifesto, page 30

  • This is subject to ongoing negotiations between the British government and the EU, due to be settled ahead of an in-out referendum on EU membership before the end of 2017

Implement the requirement for all landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants

- Manifesto, page 30

  • This change was included in the Immigration Act 2014 and was due to commence on 1 February

We are taking unprecedented action to tackle health tourism and will recover up to £500m from migrants who use the NHS by the middle of the next Parliament

- Manifesto, page 31

  • The first set of changes to the Charging Regulations was introduced in April 2015. The Department of Health is now consulting on extending charging into new areas of NHS for overseas visitors and migrants
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Introduce a new Controlling Migration Fund to ease pressure on services and to pay for additional immigration enforcement

- Manifesto, page 31

  • The government says it will set out detailed proposals shortly

Legislate to ensure that every public sector worker operating in a customer-facing role must speak fluent English

- Manifesto, page 31

  • Included in the Immigration Bill currently progressing through Parliament

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