Reforming the immigration system

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, raised the issue of immigration reform during Home Office Questions in the House of Commons yesterday (1 November).

Mr Evennett asked Ministers what progress has been made, commenting:

“I welcome my hon. Friend’s actions to date on this matter, but in order to bring net migration down to a sustainable level a robust limit on non-EU economic migration is vital. Will he update us on what progress he has made on dealing with other routes into the UK, for example, bogus colleges and illegal transportation?”

Damian Green MP, the Minister for Immigration, said “I agree with my hon. Friend that it is not just the economic routes we are looking at-as I have said, we are examining other routes. We are, of course, committed to attracting the brightest and best students to the UK, and we welcome legitimate students coming here to study legitimate courses, but there has been and still is significant abuse of the student route. Part of our summer crackdown on illegal immigration has been aimed at bogus colleges. We have suspended the licences of another five bogus colleges in the past three months, and I am happy to assure him and the House that we will continue to crack down as hard as possible on those using the student route to promote illegal immigration.”