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IMMIGRATION: A key election battleground

03 April 2015  

With immigration set to be a huge focus in this year’s general election, Sarah Lovell examines what the coalition government has done to try and tackle rising numbers of migrants and what the main parties propose to change after the election

Who can forget David Cameron’s pledge to reduce net migration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands, ‘no ifs, no buts’? That promise has spectacularly failed, with net migration increasing to 298,000 in the year to September 2014, which is 50,000 higher than when Mr Cameron came to power in 2010. With the rise of UKIP, as well as Labour promising tough action on immigration, this is likely to be a key issue in the forthcoming general election.

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