Mass immigration and the UK’s political parties

Facts4EU.Org provides an interesting summary of how important the main parties think this topic is

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In today’s report we make an attempt to provide a snapshot of one important topic of concern to voters. That topic is immigration and it's particularly relevant given the surge in support for Nigel Farage's Reform UK party in the latest Survation poll. We will report on this poll tomorrow.

The Facts4EU.Org team has reviewed the immigration policies of all the major UK political parties who have published manifestos for the general election on 04 July. We consider this to be a legitimate subject to explore, as mass immigration affects a great number of issues concerning ordinary people, including the following :-

  • Housing shortages
  • Pressures on schools
  • Pressures on GP practices
  • Pressures on hospitals
  • Pressures on all other local and public services
  • Benefit payments
  • Societal cohesion
  • Crime
  • Level of security threats
  • Overall GBP and GDP per person
  • Pressures on the transport network
  • Shortage of university places
  • And overall British values as a country

Put simply, it is not possible to permit an influx of millions of people into a country in a short number of years without increasing that country’s infrastructure in a proportionate way. In the case of the United Kingdom – and in the case of many other European countries – this hasn’t been done.

So how important is the topic of immigration to the major UK parties?

In order to give readers a measure of the importance which the UK’s major political parties have placed on immigration, we picked an arbitrary measure.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

No. of times the word “immigration” is used in party manifestos

  • Reform : 19
  • Conservative : 15
  • LibDems : 14
  • Labour : 4
  • SNP : 3
  • Greens : 1

[Sources : Official party manifestos for the 2024 UK general election.]

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It should be noted that whilst the LibDem manifesto mentions immigration 14 times, the party is broadly in favour of welcoming a continuing influx into the UK.

Only one major political party has published specific pledges to cut immigration drastically and that is Reform UK. Here is part of what they say in their 'Contract':

"Freeze Non-Essential Immigration"

"Strict limits on immigration are the only way to relieve the pressure on our housing, public services, increase wages and protect our culture, identity and values. Essential skills, mainly around healthcare, must be the only exception."

"Stop the Boats with our 4 Point Plan"

"Leave the European Convention on Human Rights."
"Zero illegal immigrants to be resettled in the UK."
"New Department of Immigration."
"Pick up illegal migrants out of boats and take them back to France."

"Secure Detention for all Illegal Migrants"

"All asylum seekers that arrive illegally from safe countries will be processed rapidly, offshore if necessary. Those entering from a safe country will also be barred from claiming asylum or citizenship."
"No legal aid for non-citizens. Those rejected will be returned."

The full manifestos are here

For readers who would like to see the full manifestos of each party, we have collated links to these below.


Of course we realise that our report is a simplification of the various parties’ views on immigration.

Nevertheless we felt this was an interesting take on the relative importance they appear to attach to a subject which has grown in intensity in the UK and in continental Europe in the last few years.

Tomorrow we will look at the impact this may be having on the popularity of each party.

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[ Sources: Party manifestos ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Thurs 20 Jun 2024

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