Farage Reveals Ukip's Immigration Policy
Monday 7th July 2014
Nigel Farage unveiled the UK Independence Party's immigration policy live on LBC.
The Ukip leader says they will adopt an Australian-style points policy, which they use to select migrants with the skills and attributes needed to work in the country.
Speaking to Duncan Barkes, he said it was the only sensible policy. He told LBC: "I can give you a leak tonight of what will be in the UKIP manifesto next year and it will be we must have a sensible immigration policy based on Australia.
"The Aussies have a point system and they say to come to Australia you must be under 45 years of age, you must have a skill or a trade that will bring a benefit to our country.
"They say if you have a life threatening disease, I'm sorry but we can't accommodate you. They say if you have a serious criminal record we won’t have you, which if you think about it is quite funny really isn’t it, given their background.
"What they also say is we don’t care whether you’re black or white or yellow or what your religion is but if you come to our country and you come here to take citizenship you become part of us and you become part of our Australian dream, namely the integrationist message. That is exactly what we should be doing.
"We no longer choose the numbers of people that come to Britain or the quality of people that come to Britain."
In Australia, migrants are required to answer a series of questions about their skills, for which they are awarded points. Applicants need at least 65 points or their request for a visa will be rejected.
Applicants also need to be under 45, in good health and with no criminal record before they are able to move to the country.
Mr Farage also revealed he is likely to stand in the General Election in Kent - and will announce his decision in the next two weeks.