A Firm but Fair System
Liberal Democrats are proud that Britain is an open, welcoming country. Highly-skilled migrants have brought many economic and social benefits to us over the years.
But Labour let the system get out of control. They didn't even have proper checks to detect people who were overstaying their visa. We need to bring more control to the system to stop people breaking the rules.
That's why Liberal Democrats are:
Bringing back control to the immigration system by introducing exit checks, so the Government can keep track of who is leaving the country and identify people who are overstaying their visa.
We are rebuilding trust in the system. We have helped cut immigration by a third and ensured that highly-skilled immigrants can help us build a stronger economy.
- We have ended Labour’s disgraceful practice of routinely detaining innocent children for immigration purposes.