Petition Rule out any prospect of granting an amnesty on illegal immigration
Boris Johnson is reported to be "considering an 'amnesty' for illegal immigrants who have been in Britain for more than 15 years". It is crucial to make clear the strength of public opinion so as to head off this absurd proposal. Vote now.
- People who wish to come here should use the legal channels.
- Amnesties are manna for traffickers, rewarding illegality.
- The experience of Italy and Spain suggests that they encourage more illegal immigrants.
- The ex-head of immigration enforcement told a Commons committee that there are probably over 1 million illegal migrants in the UK.
- The Home Office estimate for 2001 was 430,000. There could well be half a million who have already been here 15 years.
- The cost could run into billions a year.
This response was given on 25 September 2019
The Prime Minister said we should look at our arrangements for those who have lived and worked here for a long time, unable to enter the economy, participate properly or pay taxes, without documents.
The Government remains committed to an immigration policy which welcomes and celebrates people here legally, but which deters illegal immigration, prevents the abuse of benefits and services, removes immigration offenders and foreign national offenders from the UK and disrupts the organised crime groups that prey on the vulnerable.
By its very nature, it is not possible to know the exact number of the illegal population in the UK and so we do not seek to make any official estimates on this. Exit checks introduced in April 2015 will, over time, provide more detailed insights into the behaviour of migrants and how they comply with immigration rules. However, the data obtained do not provide the total number of illegal migrants currently in the UK and as such information on how many individuals have entered the UK illegally is not available.
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