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Immigration and the key parties in the UK election

UK voters are going to the polls today, and while we won't know the outcome until early on 6 May, workpermit.com gives you an idea of what each party is offering in terms of immigration.

The Conservative Party is calling for annual refugee and immigrant quotas; bonds for temporary workers; compulsory health checks; offshore asylum processing centres; new border police; and, quitting the UN refugee convention.

The Labour Party says it will reduce asylum numbers by tougher rules on settlement and more deportations; it will create an electronic register of all crossing borders; skills-based points system for permanent immigrants.

The Liberal Democrats support common EU asylum policy with fair sharing of asylum settlement; they would allow asylum seekers to work so they don't have to rely on benefits; they back a quota for immigrant workers from outside EU based on skills.