Woolas denies open-door policy on migration
23rd February 2010: Even as the Labour came under fire for dismissing as “racism”, public concern on mass immigration, the Immigration and Border Minister, Phil Woolas, has asserted that is no open-door policy on migration.
Rejecting the criticism, Woolas said migration was not a substitute for Government policies on skills, education and training of British citizens, which the Government has invested in over the past decade.
The Labour came under criticism after the surfacing of a document, which said the Whitehall experts suggested a propaganda campaign to make softer the voters’ stand on immigration in preparation for inflow of migrants.
The original draft of a policy document released under the Freedom of Information Act said the officials were of the view the public opinion was against relaxing border controls. But the ministers were urged to ignore voters’ “racist” views and go ahead with a hush-hush policy to encourage migrants.
Reacting to the developments, chairman of Migrationwatch UK Sir Andrew Green said the report confirms the ministers deliberately rode roughshod over public opinion in adopting a policy of mass immigration.
They concealed real intentions in the hope of benefiting from the immigrant vote, without losing their working-class supporters. They were now paying the price.
Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said the Government has simply not been telling the truth about its policies on immigration. More and more evidence was now emerging to show they deliberately planned a big jump in immigration for their own political purposes.