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Tory MPs call for crime rates to be published for migrant nationalities

30 Mar 2024 4 minute read
Robert Jenrick. Photo Jonathan Brady PA Images

A group of Tory MPs are pressing the UK Government to publish the crime rates for migrant nationalities, in a bid to strengthen visa and deportation policies for certain countries.

The plan, first reported by the Telegraph, is set out in an amendment to the Government’s Criminal Justice Bill put forward by former immigration minister Robert Jenrick.

A UK Government source said ministers “will certainly look properly at this amendment and engage with colleagues in the usual way”, although the newspaper reported there are concerns over the practicality of implementing the proposal.

The plan, reportedly supported by more than a dozen Conservative MPs, would require the annual publication of the nationality, visa and asylum status of every offender convicted in English and Welsh courts in the previous year.

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Mr Jenrick told GB News on Friday: “I think that the public want to know who’s coming into our country and what the economic, the fiscal and the societal impact of immigration is.

“There are people coming to this country who do us harm. There are people coming from countries who don’t share our western liberal values and attitudes towards women and minorities, and we need to be open and honest about that.”

He also claimed that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak “didn’t want to talk about” curbing legal migration when he and former home secretary Suella Braverman repeatedly tried to raise the issue – a claim contested by Downing Street sources.

Mr Sunak has been under pressure from MPs on the right of his party to take action since revised official estimates published in November indicated the net migration figure – the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving Britain – reached a record 745,000 in 2022.

Resigned

Mr Jenrick, who resigned as immigration minister in December in protest at Mr Sunak’s Rwanda deportation plan, said: “I didn’t feel that the Prime Minister understood the importance of legal migration to the British public.”

The Conservative MP for Newark continued: “I think that the Prime Minister, like others, took the view that legal migration didn’t matter and that Brexit, if it was anything, was about taking back control but not bringing down the numbers.”

Mr Sunak has previously vowed to “do what is necessary” to bring net migration down.

The Government is introducing a raft of restrictions in a bid to cut the number of people legally arriving in Britain, including a ban on overseas care workers bringing family dependants to the UK and a hiked salary threshold for skilled workers to £38,700.

The Home Secretary has asked the Migration Advisory Committee to review the graduate route for international students, while the minimum income requirement for family visas is being raised to £29,000 from April 11, and to £38,700 by early 2025.

Mr Jenrick called for a “fundamentally different approach” to immigration, telling the broadcaster: “We’re clearly going down the wrong path. We’re living in a country with net migration of 600,000 or 700,000, and we’re not stopping the boats.”

Record high

Provisional Home Office figures this week showed that the number of migrants who have arrived in the UK so far in 2024 after crossing the Channel has reached a record high for the first three months of a calendar year.

According to the figures, 338 people arrived in seven boats on Tuesday, taking the total for the year to date to 4,644.

Mr Jenrick quit his Government role over Mr Sunak’s Rwanda Bill, saying it would not act as a strong enough deterrent to stop asylum seekers arriving via small boats.

The stalled plan would see people who arrive via irregular means sent to the African nation to claim asylum there, with no right to come back to the UK.

A Government spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has been unambiguously clear that the current levels of migration to the UK are far too high.

“That’s why last year we announced the biggest ever package any Prime Minister has delivered to reduce net migration, meaning that 300,000 people who came to the UK legally last year will no longer be able to come.

“The Government is committed to transparency and already publishes huge amounts of immigration data.

“Caseworkers can make decisions on criminality when considering immigration applications. We will remove foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes.”

Mr Sunak is understood to have held bilateral meetings with Home Office ministers throughout last year, at which they were able raise any subject including legal migration, although plans to tackle illegal migration took more time to discuss because of their more complex nature.


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Jeff
Jeff
11 days ago

We know what side Jenrick is on.

An attempt to stoke hate and fear, this is targeting minorities. Nothing more. Trump play book in use in the UK.

Huwy
Huwy
11 days ago

They should be printing crime rates of political parties, not sure the tories would come out well

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
11 days ago

Siri, what does racism look like?

Richard 1
Richard 1
11 days ago

Overfed, overdressed and overpaid, they want to give us Brits a reason to hate and fear the migrants (underfed, barely dressed and not paid at all)

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
10 days ago
Reply to  Richard 1

Perfectly put. Our enemies have been on show all our lives and they are the ones who now scream ‘look over there at those boats’.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
10 days ago

ONE migrant commits a crime and they’re ALL criminals. That’s the Jenrick/GBeebies charter. Well, if that’s how it is, every single one us should be in jail for crimes committed by born and raised British people. This ‘special’ sifting out of migrants infers that crimes committed by white British criminals are not as bad – because they’re white British. They are still mutton headed enough to believe that as long as they don’t use the N & P words, no one will notice they are rabid racists.

Charles
Charles
10 days ago

Is that not racist?
Publish all crimes by MPs by party or by income?

Linda Jones
Linda Jones
10 days ago

I dont agree with this policy but I do feel Wales and the rest of the UK needs a grown up debate on immigration. The overuse of the term ‘racist’ has shut down any meaningful discussion. Such silencing breeds frustration and prejudice particularly within working class communities who are expected to move over and accommodate the newly arrived and compete with them for housing and healthcare etc which are already in short supply. I doubt immigration has much if any impact on the middle class well heeled areas with society hence their push to silence.

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