What Different UK Party Manifestos Say About The Refugee Crisis

Before we all vote tomorrow, we thought you guys might be interested in the various party’s policies regarding refugees in 2017:


The Conservative manifesto points toward a greater focus on aiding those suffering abroad, and a subsequent decrease in help offered to refugees at home.

Their manifesto states “wherever possible, the government will offer asylum and refuge to people in parts of the world affected by conflict and oppression, rather than to those who have made it to Britain.”

The manifesto also claims that a Conservative government would seek to review the international legal definitions of asylum and refugee status but it is not clear what exactly this could mean…


The Labour party claims it would look to review the processes by which the UK takes in and handles refugees. In their manifesto, they state that they will look to “produce a cross-departmental strategy to meet our international obligations on the refugee crisis” within the first 100 days.

Labour pledge to end indefinite detentions, differentiate between migrant labour, international students and family attachment and terminate the existing income threshold for bringing family members to the UK.

To protect and bolster public services in areas of large migration, they pledge to restore the Migrant Fund, and to review refugee housing. While the manifesto advocates for the UK to take ‘our fair share of refugees,’ no indication is given as to what the UK’s ‘fair share’ might be.

Liberal Democrats:

The Liberal Democrats promise to expand the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and provide sanctuary to 50,000 Syrian refugees over the lifetime of the next parliament, as well as reopening the Dubs scheme to take in 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children across Europe.

The manifesto also states the party’s intention to reform family reunification and the processing of asylum claims, in the hope to make current procedures more efficient. On immigration more broadly, the Lib Dems say “immigration broadens our horizons and encourages us to be more open, more tolerant”.

They promise to remove students from official immigration statistics, establish a Migration Impact Fund for helping local communities to deal with new migration and increase government support for English language classes.

Thank you to our amazing friends Help Refugees for pulling this information together. You can find info on the other party’s (UKIP, Green Party, Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru) policies towards refugees on their website here: http://www.helprefugees.org.uk/news/2017-party-manifestos-refugees/

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