"The excitement which has greeted the announcement of a meeting of EU interior ministers in two weeks seems driven more out of a belief that some sort of mystical solution to the migrant crisis will emerge. In fact, little analysis is made of the EU's role in fuelling the present crisis.
"The EU's shambolic implementation of Schengen and its pursuit of vanity projects like the creation of a European army instead of helping poorer Mediterranean members secure their borders is a reason why Europe is facing its worst migration crisis since the Second World War. The UK must resist calls to play a part in any EU initiative unless it has an international dimension, like attacking the operations of people traffickers in North Africa.
"Closer to home, until the UK opts out of the EU's free movement of people obligations we should not accept any migrant refugees unless they directly apply for asylum in the UK. The latest ONS figures show that already 636,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending March 2015, a statistically significant increase compared with 552,000 in the previous year. In addition, the numbers seeking asylum here is rising. UKIP policy is that there should be no unskilled economic migrants at all allowed into the UK, since as we are accepting more asylum seekers as a result of perilous international circumstances, there will be more unskilled people available for work in this country anyway."