Immigration: Poland

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 19 November (HL2693), whether they regard the current level of immigration from Poland to the United Kingdom to be sustainable.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The UK is open to the brightest and best, but immigration must be controlled in the national interest. Across government, we are working hard to bring net migration down and address the factors which draw people to Britain for the wrong reasons. Our reforms have cut net migration from outside the EU by nearly a quarter since 2010 - close to levels not seen since the late 1990s.

We have introduced tough domestic reforms to ensure that our controls on accessing benefits and services, including the NHS and social housing, are amongst the tightest in Europe. These include measures to prevent EU job seekers and involuntarily unemployed EU workers from claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for longer than three months unless they have a genuine prospect of work. We have also introduced measures to ensure that new EU job seekers will be unable to access Jobseeker’s Allowance, or Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit, until they have been resident in the UK for three months.

The Prime Minister has made clear that further steps are needed to address immigration from the European Union. We have given specific consideration to the sustainability of levels of migration from Poland.

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