Adam Afriyie
MP for Windsor
Fighting for accurate migration data
We need better immigration statistics. It's not possible to write effective policy if we don't know who's coming into the UK, for how long and why. People that travel to the UK aren't a single, simple group; there are tourists, migrant workers, students, investors, asylum seekers, and illegal immigrants. We need to reintroduce universal exit checks as soon as feasibly possible.
I believe
  1. We must reintroduce universal exit checks as soon as feasibly possible
  2. We must count people in and out of the country, preferably with better implementation of efficient and cost-effective electronic borders
  3. We must collect more detailed information about migrants, including why they're travelling to the UK and how long they intend to stay. This data should be published openly
Actions undertaken in Parliament
  1. Spoken in 5 debates in the House of Commons
  2. Asked 6 written questions on migration and 3 questions on immigration to Ministers
  3. Published over 35 articles in the national and local media
  4. Replied to as many as 970 letters from constituents about immigration
Recent activities
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NHS services and foreign nationals

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to ensure that foreign nationals pay for healthcare they receive in the UK.

Jane Ellison (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health): The Department is working to support the National Health Service to increase the recovery of costs from overseas visitors and migrants. We aim to recover £500 million annually by the middle of the next Parliament, which will be reinvested into the NHS to support the sustainability of NHS frontline services.

Migration data speech

Adam Afriyie (Windsor) (Con): Thank you for calling me to speak, Chairman Walker—if that does not sound too much like Chairman Mao. It is a pleasure to speak in this debate.

First, I say a huge thank you to my hon. Friend the Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin) for the presentation of the report by the Public Administration Committee. Given that immigration is one of the top three issues in the country, it is absolutely vital that we have a look at the underpinning foundation of the statistics and data that inform the debate about it.

Westminister Hall Debate - Migration Data - Speech

I also thank the Minister, before he even makes his closing remarks, because I know that he is working exceptionally hard; he has worked exceptionally hard in all the jobs he has had. I am aware that we have the same agenda. We would like to see better statistics but sometimes in coalition it can be tricky to get these things through at the pace that he may wish for.

I will try to keep my remarks as brief as possible, but nothing I say today is to be taken as criticism; it is merely observation that there are better ways in which we can collect the statistics and more intelligent ways in which we can present them.

Re-introduction of universal exit checks

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress she has made in introducing universal exit checks; and if she will make a statement.

Karen Bradley (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department): The Government is committed to reintroducing exit checks. By April 2015, comprehensive exit checks will apply on scheduled and commercial air, sea and rail routes.

We have recently introduced new powers in the Immigration Act 2014 to support embarkation checks at the border, and we continue to work with carriers and port operators to explore the least burdensome way of delivering the exit checks commitment.

Last year’s migration statistics could be wrong by as much as 50,000

Are Britain’s migration statistics accurate? Certainly not as accurate as I might like. That’s why yesterday I wrote an article for the Huffington Post urging the Home Secretary to reintroduce entrance and exit checks on UK borders as a matter of urgency – to count people in and out of the country.

If we’re going to write effective immigration policy that deters health and benefit tourism and attracts investment, we must have a detailed statistical picture of the number and category of people entering and leaving the country.

Read the article on the Huffington Post