As the year draws to a close and the 2015 General Election looms, the main political parties are starting to make a lot of noise about their key policies to win seats, but this time around they all have a similar tone. Most likely brought on by UKIP’s surge in popularity; curbing immigration seems to be the key agenda to win back votes.
Despite several surveys and reports showing the economic benefit of immigration to the UK, politicians from all parties are showing a tough stance on immigration, particularly from the EU and are in agreement that net migration should be cut to the tens of thousands from the hundreds of thousands that it is currently. Is this because certain parties have played on the British people’s fear that all of our economic instability and stretched public services are a result of our ‘open door policy’, or has the increased immigration rate really put a strain on housing and the job markets? Undoubtedly, steps taken so far to curb migration to the UK are