10th May 2010: A Hung Parliament has sent a wave of apprehension among the foreigners in the UK, and those hoping to enter the country the legal way.
As of now, it is not crystal clear what would be the immigration policy of the new coalition government. Both the Conservatives and the Lib-Dems don’t see eye to eye on the issue of immigration.
For them it is still not clear whether Britain continue with its open door policy; what would be the stand of the new government towards the new arrivals, and those putting up in the UK for half a century now; would there be a cap on immigration.
Already, the Conservatives have suggested the introduction an annual limit for non-EU economic migrants.
After emerging as the largest party in the general polls held last week, the Conservatives have also suggested severer immigration controls.
Prior to the elections, the party had indicated a conservation government would see drastic slash in annual immigration into Britain. The party believes the immigration is ‘too high’; and will be cut down to levels last witnessed in the mid-90s.
The party said it proposed to put to an end Labour’s open-door policy and stop uncontrolled immigration, with an annual limit on non-EU economic migration. In fact, David Cameron had pledged net annual immigration would be brought down from 200,000 a year under Labour to “tens of thousands”.
On the other hand, the party had made a welcome pledge to initiate tough action to tear down the racial barriers existing in Britain today. Claiming prejudice was unacceptable, it is being said the Conservative government would not tolerate it.
The party has also announced the launch of a national mentoring scheme for black would-be entrepreneurs.
Lib-Dem, on the other hand, would want to see illegal immigrants becoming British citizens, if they speak English, have a clean record and want to live here long-term.