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Shadow Home Secretary Commits Labour Party to a 'Humane' Immigration Policy

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Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary


JCWI's response to the speech made this morning by the Shadow Home Secretary, Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP concerning Labour's proposals for future immigration policy in the UK.


Satbir Singh, Chief Executive of JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants), said:


“The Shadow Home Secretary’s speech this morning reflected what campaigners have been arguing for years: that our immigration and asylum system should be evidence-led, compassionate, fair, and based on the rule of law. 


“The Home Secretary has chosen an approach to immigration which splits up families, hobbles efforts at community integration, and stops our NHS from hiring the skilled staff it needs. No one wins. 


“JCWI wants to make immigration work for migrants and non-migrants alike. It is welcome to hear a senior politician saying the same and we hope others will follow.”




Read JCWI's briefing on the opportunity for reforming Britain's immigration system


Read JCWI's 5 principles for a post-Brexit immigration policy


Read our Chief Executive's post on the role of progressive values in shaping future immigration policy