UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Migration system mismanaged for decades says Huhne

Press Release   •   Feb 26, 2010 09:50 GMT

“The abolition of exit checks by Conservative and Labour Governments means that we can only guess at the numbers coming in and out," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary.

Commenting on today’s Office for National Statistics migration figures, Chris Huhne said:

“Public confidence and trust in the migration system has been shattered by decades of mismanagement.

“The abolition of exit checks by Conservative and Labour Governments means that we can only guess at the numbers coming in and out.

“People over-staying on short-term visas are probably the biggest source of illegal immigration and we still cannot say whether they are leaving when they are meant to do so.

“Exit checks must be reintroduced immediately.”