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UK Policies on Illegal Immigrants

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 23 May 2020 | comments*Discuss
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Previously, the UK’s coalition government consists of politicians from two different parties who had some divergent policies on illegal immigration. During the campaigning period leading up to the May 2010 General Election, immigration remained a contentious topic. Each of the three main political parties were repeatedly forced to address this issue, at a time when the UK was facing serious challenges such as recovery from a global recession and the ongoing active participation of British troops in foreign disputes.

In part the subject of immigration was forced onto the front pages by the policies of some small, far-right political parties who appeared to be gaining support from “ordinary voters” because of their purportedly pro-British, and therefore anti-immigration, stance. Arguably, the main parties gave greater prominence to the immigration issue in their campaigns in an attempt to avoid losing votes. In a messy election, in which no one party emerged as the clear winner, one thing was clear – these divisive, minority parties got nowhere in the vote.

Critics of the UK’s previous government had repeatedly accused them of failings in the way they dealt with illegal immigrants. Not only was it deemed too easy for illegal immigrants to get into the UK but it seemed as if very little was done to get them out of the country once they were found to be here illegally.

Conservative Pre-Election Policies on Illegal Immigration

The campaign literature put out by the Conservative Party in the run-up to the election made clear that this was a party which would be tough on illegal immigration. The UK’s borders were said to be too easy to penetrate. The Conservatives promised to “crack down” on the problem and to set up a Border Police Force to target illegal immigration and trafficking offences. By also proposing tougher rules on legitimate immigration, the Conservatives were sending out a clear message. Voters who cared about violations of the UK’s borders and unchecked immigration did not have to vote for an extremist party to have their concerns addressed.

Liberal Democrat Pre-Election Policies on Illegal Immigration

The Liberal Democrat’s pre-election manifesto blamed previous Conservative and Labour governments for the immigration-related problems faced by the UK today. In particular, they identified the abolition of exit checks on people leaving the UK as contributing to the difficulty in monitoring the number of illegal immigrants in the country. Whilst emphasising the desire for a fair and liberal immigration system, the Liberal Democrats stated that immigration laws had to be properly enforced for this to be possible. They proposed the re-introduction of entry and exit checks on those moving across the UK’s borders and the introduction of a National Border Force to police immigration laws.

Uniquely amongst the main political parties, the Liberal Democrats had advocated a partial amnesty on illegal immigrants already in the UK. They wanted a system which allowed some illegal immigrants already in the country to become legal, to pay taxes and even to become British citizens.

UK Government’s Policies on Illegal Immigration

When the UK coalition government finally announced its immigration policies in May 2010 it appeared that the Liberal Democrat’s proposed amnesty on illegal immigrants had been completely dropped from the government’s programme. This is, perhaps, unsurprising since the policy was completely at odds with the Conservative Party’s manifesto. Although the Conservatives are now in government, policies for the moment will remain the same.

The introduction of a new Border Police Force to target illegal immigration - as well as the trafficking of people, drugs and weapons - has been confirmed as a policy of the government. The government also intends to enhance current systems for the collaboration between local police forces in relation to illegal immigration and border offences. The re-introduction of exit checks has also been confirmed. More generalised policies to make the immigration system less open to abuse and to make the asylum system more efficient can also be seen as being aimed at the problem of illegal immigration in the UK.

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Hello dear, I m living in the U.K. Last 11 years. Any amnesty open in U.K.
Joti - 23-May-20 @ 9:52 AM
Hi I m in this country since 2007 as illegal person is there any chance to get visa or become my stay legally See if you can something Thankyou
Imran - 6-May-20 @ 11:36 PM
Gohomescum is very ignorant and narrow minded has no clue! That nazi propaganda is unacceptable in this age!
Jcourt - 4-Mar-20 @ 5:00 PM
Please sign in pitition 10 years illigal/overstayer amnesty
Shibli - 4-Mar-20 @ 1:53 PM
Hi I have been leaving illegally in England over 3 years, what is the best way to get a resident permit visa for here
Beai - 26-Jan-20 @ 11:10 PM
hi there, i know someone who is 63 year old, she came with student visa 17 year ago, her husband pass away and there was problem on her home county, she never left the Uk and contribute in many way, she did volunteer work, she supported homeless people and many more,she work as a nanny and have evening job, she has being taxes since she arrive and she doesn't have any antisocial behavior, however lately she being feeling very poorly and i am afraid she doesnt seem too well, i do not know how to help her as i know her for about 7 year, me and my husband work and toegtehr we earn above 70k a year, i would like to support her somehow but i do not know how, please kindly suggest what i can do as i dont want her health to get worse. Best Wishes tilly
sweetheart89 - 14-Jan-20 @ 3:07 PM
Have been in UK for 17 years plz what can I do to get a my stay.plz
Nanaosei - 14-Jan-20 @ 10:37 AM
Hi just want to ask you about my friend ...she had been 11 years in Uk ..she was student but over stayed after 2015 ... are their any new rules coming for 10 years people...in 2020 ..thanks
Suman - 11-Jan-20 @ 5:27 PM
Hi, I’m been here in the Uk 12 years and I was 12 age old and the home office didn’t except me As age 12. Home office except me age 14. I have day of birth certificate from back home as age 12. Home office saying If you spend half of your life between age 18 to 25, can get your Visa. Any chance for my visa
H - 8-Jan-20 @ 1:47 AM
Illegal immigrants of the above are all working and supporting themselves. What Gohomescum mentioned is not right. These people wanted a better life for themselves and try to help their families back home. They have no recourse to public funds. Most of them work long hours daily and always fear of H.O raid. To hide for 10 years working illegally is not easy. I sympathise them. It's the refugees and asylum seekers that are getting free from us tax payers. Please differenciate between them. These illegals mostly work in restaurants and contribute to the service industries. I have been to yarwood detention centre. So many got caught working illegally and being deported home. There's no easy route to enter the UK. Remember the 39 Vietnamese died trying to come here only to make a living. A 10 year amnesty for illegals granted is justifiedbecause they are not a drain to society. They pay rent, even council tax. If you know these people then you'll understand their circumstances. Thank you.
Amnesty - 29-Dec-19 @ 11:38 PM
It amazes me that illegal immigrants enter the UK and expect that they should be allowed to stay? I can tell you, nobody wants foreign scum who expect to have handouts, my hard earned tax money along with the whole country! Expect racism and English people to look at you like you are trash as you are no better than leeches! Soon a crackdown will come as the English are fed up! Why does anyone expect things for free? Put something into that host country rather than think you are entitled! If you feel the UK is bad, don’t like the law or culture then, just go to your home country and be happy, don’t complain or expect things should be done for you just because you expect it! Try Poland or Hungary, or better still Russia.... no? You are not silly eh? UK is best for free things isn’t it haha!
Gohomescum - 28-Dec-19 @ 10:38 AM
I m illegal I came 2010 and I hade I child but my husband bring him india last Sunday and they not come because they don’t have visa pls let me know how can I get my baby back Uk I m in tress
Rup - 6-Dec-19 @ 7:34 AM
Hi am jimmy I liv in uk I completely 10 year in uk
Jimmy - 4-Dec-19 @ 9:38 PM
Hi I have live in uk for almost 10 years I am overstayed on my student visa I just wanna know is there any new rules coming for 10 year illegal immigrants this year thanks Regards karim
Karim - 18-Nov-19 @ 6:43 PM
Hi, I’m been here in the Uk 12 years and I was 12 age old and the home office didn’t except me As age 12. Home office except me age 14. I have day of birth certificate from back home as age 12. Home office saying If you spend half of your life between age 18 to 25, can get your Visa. Any chance for my visa
H - 13-Nov-19 @ 1:51 AM
Hi am 20yrs in this country.how to apply for legal status.I can't afford anything.think u
M - 12-Nov-19 @ 5:45 PM
I’m here since 2010, any chance to get visa
Ali - 10-Nov-19 @ 4:01 PM
Hi, I have been Uk last 14 years, I get spouse visa from 2012 to 2015 then divorced after I decided to back in India for prominent then I get married in India after married 2 to 3 month my x wife force me go back Uk then join me I told her before marriage everything happens in Uk but her and family force me then fight with me they are attack me with some weapons and some injuries on my body them I’m squared and back Uk, Then before expired my visa I apply for Human Rightsthen I trying to shorted out all matter with my x wife family then go back India it’s not possible because they are told me if you come India kill you then I decided to divorce 2018 and I’m waiting for my Human Rights decision then immigration forces arrest me in August 2019 8 week in detention, immigration told me my Human Rights is refuse then I claim Asylum then I release September 2019 to go every month to reporting centre ,after 6 week I receive my decision is refuse and now my Soliciters process Judicial Reviews and now I’m squared if go back India.Please help what can I do, Advise me please. Thanks Suhel
Suhel - 30-Oct-19 @ 11:59 PM
Hi..I was here in UK 2010 and my wife came here first in 2009 as a student and I'm a dependant ,we been legally stays here till 2013 but unfortunately when we been tried to apply for renewal we been taken a fake solicitor and take our money roughly about 10k and we tried it again to apply for a second time but we been already refuse,,,we don't want to go back home and can't left my sister in law (my wife sister) a British citizen as she had already an illness can we ask for a help or idea how can we apply for another VISA,,many thanks(mjec)
Mjec - 10-Oct-19 @ 6:23 PM
Hi I'm in UK since 2006 I was came on visit visa I put the application in 2010 on human rights 2014 that's go refuse offer this going on appeal till Feb 2017 then put new application in 31st of March 2017 that's still pending what can I think about my this condition please can explain me please
Rizwan - 20-Sep-19 @ 9:11 PM
I’m here legally 12 years. My 10 year ILR application is refused because of my continuity ( ho mentioned that I’m legally living, but not low full). Kids 5yrs and 2 yrs. Wife. We are now applied for asylum. Any chance for our visa?
Jeev - 21-Aug-19 @ 12:30 AM
Hi just wanna make inquiry with regards to more than 9 years as an illegal immigrant in the UK but paying taxes... what is the chances of getting an ILR? Just worried.
Donny - 19-Aug-19 @ 12:21 AM
Hi sir,I’m in Uk last 17 year my all family in Uksatell what you think I have any chance to visa thanks
Minzhundal - 11-Aug-19 @ 3:59 PM
Hi, I am illegal from last , m 30 years old. Any chances to get visa?
Mimi - 4-Aug-19 @ 1:37 AM
Hi Guys/Girls just to give you update that current Boris johnson Gov is looking for immigration Amnestyfor anyone in uk for 15or more year without criminal record if that happen all of illegal immigrant how completed 15 year will getlegal status in uk . Great news enjoy .
raja - 26-Jul-19 @ 11:54 AM
I'm in the UK for 16 year what you think
kabiliy - 20-Jul-19 @ 4:54 PM
Sir i am illegal in UK since 7 years. I have came to Uk on student visa in 2012. I dont have any criminal record in Uk. Can i entitle to get a legal status in uk. If so on what ground? Please help me in this regard
Kuki - 7-Jul-19 @ 9:36 AM
Hi I have live in uk for almost 13 years I am overstayed on my student visa I just wanna know is there any new rules coming for 10 year illegal immigrants this year thanks Regards Zeeshan
Zeeshan - 19-Jun-19 @ 5:26 AM
Hi,I come to uk when I'm 20year old to study till 9year . Unfortunately home office refuse my last year visa mean 10 year,so I overstay in uk 17year from 2002 now.whst that mean (you're aged between 18 and 24 and have lived here for more than half of your life?) Can I apply to stay legally ? Thanks
Hope - 7-Jun-19 @ 1:30 AM
I overstayed for 9 yrs ,then I got married to a British citizen. We have been married for 5 yrs. we applied for spouse Visa. I was refused and my fresh claim was refused too. My judicial review was refused under unfounded grounds. We don’t have children for infertility issues. We don’t know what to do. Case is refused and asked to leave country or my my husband can live with me in my home country. Any suggestions,please let me know .thanks
Haifa - 24-May-19 @ 6:48 PM
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