“It is not generally the policy of the United Kingdom Independence party (UKIP) to give unwanted advice to EU member states on what they should do since we, in turn, do not want the European Union making policy decisions on behalf of the UK people.
“However, in the case of the UK it is absolutely right that illegal economic migrants should be sent back to their countries of origin. In fact, the UK government is legally obliged to deport any non-EU economic migrant who enters this country illegally. In practice, this may be easier said than done because of our membership of the EU and the activities of the EU-wide 'human rights industry' which seeks to use European laws to give illegal economic migrants into the UK roughly the same rights as those who genuinely qualify as refugees seeking asylum here. For example, recently fast track deportations of illegals were halted because of UK High court decisions. This has noticeably gummed up the workings of the UK asylum system. The UK is a country with a long tradition of an independent judiciary which implements the laws of our own sovereign elected Parliament. The confused status of illegal non-EU economic migrants is yet another example where our national laws are being undermined by EU membership.
“The global ebbs and flows of people across the planet is one of the great issues of our time. Millions of people are on the move across continents. The effectiveness of migration policy is one of the most important areas where voters must be allowed to assess their government’s competence. UKIP recognise that immigration of skilled, talented people from outside the UK is vital to our economy. The aims of UKIP’s policies on migration are to make sure: a) that the UK has both the right number and right type of people to ensure that it can be a top 5 world economy; b) that Britain is seen as being a welcoming country with an outward looking, global trading outlook; and c) that there are harmonious and integrated communities across our nation. For non-EU citizens, the current UK government has assessed that 20,700 skilled economic migrants are likely to be needed to annually to maintain a healthy level of economic growth. The number of visas issued under this scheme has only recently approached this level. After we leave the EU, UKIP would raise this number to 50,000 skilled economic migrants a year. No unskilled migrants would be allowed to enter the UK other than those who come as genuine refugees and claim asylum. All other economic migrants who enter the UK illegally will be sent back.”