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Immigration top of mind in UK election

Sunday, May 03, 2015 - 01:51

With the UK's foreign-born population rapidly rising, support has surged for the anti-immigrant UKIP party, threatening to split the conservative vote in the upcoming election. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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With the UK's general election just days away, a top issue on voters' minds -- immigration. And many think they've found the answer in this man -- Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-immigrant Independence Party -- or UKIP. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKIP PARTY LEADER, NIGEL FARAGE, SAYING: "We will campaign for this country to have an Australian points style system to decide who should come and settle in our country." Amid fears that immigrants are depressing wages, taking jobs, and diluting the country's identity... ...UKIP has surged in popularity, pushing politicians across the political spectrum to take a tougher line on immigration. A message not lost on this London neighborhood. (SOUNDBITE) MIGRANT, JEEVA KOILA, SAYING: "They are treating the immigrants like criminals." (SOUNDBITE) MIGRANT, ADEEL MUHAMMAD, SAYING: "They are not going to say anything in a positive sense to the migrants." Analysts says UKIP even threatens to split the right-wing vote, hurting Prime Minister David Cameron's chances of re-election. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "The problem with Nigel in the end is ultimately Nigel you're just the back door to a Labour government which would give us open door immigration, which is not what the party wants." But Ruth Grove-White of the Migrant Right's Network, says the the anti-immigration rhetoric could hurt politicians in the end. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT RIGHT'S NETWORK POLICY DIRECTOR, RUTH GROVE-WHITE, SAYING: "Migrants will potentially have the power to swing a number of marginal seats and in areas with very diverse populations and with heated debates about immigration that could be very significant." Britain goes to the polls on May 7. A new reports says one in ten voters in this election will have been born abroad -- that's roughly four million people.

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Immigration top of mind in UK election

Sunday, May 03, 2015 - 01:51