UK Politics

Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker: Immigration

Manifesto tracker scorecard

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 over the course of this parliament.

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

Manifesto tracker by theme

This section deals with immigration.

IMMIGRATION

Image copyright Reuters

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

  • Figures from the Office for National Statistics put net migration at 327,000 for the 12 months to March 2016
  • The government says the vote to leave the EU offers the opportunity to deliver the the target

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 Act which received Royal Assent in May 2016
Image copyright AFP/Getty Images

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

  • As part of the EU reform package agreed before the EU referendum, the UK would have been able to limit in-work benefits for EU migrants during their first four years in the UK. EU migrants would initially have been completely excluded from claiming in-work benefits but access to such benefits would have been gradually increased to take account of the growing connection of the worker with the labour market. This would have been applied as an "emergency brake" and would have had to end after seven years
  • The referendum vote to leave the EU means this reform package won't be introduced. The government says this commitment has been overtaken by the EU referendum result, that the details are currently under consideration and will be influenced by the outcome of the EU exit negotiations

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

  • The EU reform package did not mention changes to social housing or a residency test for EU migrants
  • The government says this commitment has been overtaken by the EU referendum result, that the details are currently under consideration and will be influenced by the outcome of the EU exit negotiations

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

- Manifesto, page 30

  • As part of the EU reform package agreed before the EU referendum, child benefit payments would have been linked to the cost of living in the countries where the children lived
  • The government says this commitment has been overtaken by the EU referendum result, that the details are currently under consideration and will be influenced by the outcome of the EU exit negotiations

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

- Manifesto, page 30

  • Newly arrived migrants are banned from claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for the first three months after they arrive but are then able to claim JSA for three months. EU migrant workers in the UK who lose their job, through no fault of their own, are entitled to the same benefits as UK citizens, including JSA and housing benefit, for six months
  • The government says this will be influenced by the outcome of the EU exit negotiations
Image copyright Getty Images

If [EU] jobseekers have not found a job within six months, they will be required to leave the UK

- Manifesto, page 30

  • Measures limiting EEA nationals' right to reside as a jobseeker to six months and enabling removal of EEA nationals for abuses, including those not exercising Treaty rights, were introduced in January 2014. Official statistics show the UK has removed over 6,800 EU nationals between January 2014 and December 2015 but it is unclear how many of these were removed because they did not have a job
  • The government says this commitment has been overtaken by the EU referendum result, that the details are currently under consideration and will be influenced by the outcome of the EU exit negotiations

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

- Manifesto, page 30

  • As part of the EU reform package agreed before the EU referendum, EU law would have been changed to make it harder for non-EU family members of EU citizens to stay in the UK
  • The vote to leave the EU means that this reform package won't be introduced and therefore EU law will not be changed. Any future changes to the rules will be subject to the outcome of the EU exit negotiations

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. The Immigration Act 2016 strengthened this, creating new offences for failing to comply with the rules

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 government says it received £266m income in 2015-16
  • The NHS Overseas Visitors Charging Bill was announced in the 2016 Queen's Speech
Image copyright PA

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 and that a prospectus for the fund has been agreed

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 Act which received Royal Assent in May 2016

Related Topics

More on this story