12th Apr 2015
Labour didn’t vote to scrap all immigration controls
Labour passed a motion at its party conference to extend free movement. This doesn’t mean scrapping all immigration controls.
Can refugees enter the UK illegally?
Boris Johnson said if you come to the UK illegally, you are an illegal migrant. This is not correct in the case of refugees.
Do refugees have to stay in the first safe country they reach?
No. But the UK can, in some circumstances, return refugees to the first safe EU country they reached under EU law.
What does the latest Brexit deal mean for immigration?
Free movement of people between the UK and EU is set to end in 2021, if parliament approves the negotiated withdrawal agreement.
How immigration law changed for Commonwealth citizens
Theresa May, Diane Abbott and the Immigration Act 2014
What was known about Windrush in 2014?
In 2014, a report included stories of individuals of the Windrush generation facing difficulties proving their immigration status. We don’t know whether Theresa May saw the report first-hand, though the Home Office was made aware of the findings.
Trade across the Irish border
Trade across the Irish border was worth at least £5 billion in 2016.
How much is the UK spending on security at Calais?
The UK and France have cooperated on border controls around French ports for years. How much do we spend on doing so?
How many people overstay their visas?
We can't find a record of the Brexit Secretary saying this, as has been claimed - but whether he made this claim or not, it's true.
We aren't spending £36m just to close the Calais 'jungle'
The UK has committed £36 billion to “maintain security” in Calais. Some of this money will be used to close the ‘Jungle’ camp, but some is also being spent on border security and keeping child migrants safe.