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It is intriguing to note ‘Brexit’ campaigners Boris Johnson and Michael Gove outline plans to introduce a points-based immigration system if the UK votes to leave the European Union on 23rd June.

What they seem to have forgotten is that countries that have adopted an “Australian-style” immigration system have higher levels of immigration than the UK.

Official United Nations figures show immigration per head is higher than the UK in Australia, the United States and Canada - countries that already follow a points-based regime.

In 2015, 13.2 per cent of the UK population was from “international migrant stock”. By contrast, the proportion was 28.6 per cent in Australia, 22.6 per cent in Canada and 14.7 per cent in the US - all higher than the UK.

It is disappointing that Vote Leave are aping UKIP’s favourite migration policy – even more so when the evidence shows it doesn’t even work.

What they also omit to mention is that clearly, if the UK were to adopt such a system, EU member states would put restrictions on UK citizens living and working in their countries.

EU migrants make a huge contribution to our society, despite lurid newspaper headlines often heralding the opposite. They contribute much more to the economy than they take out and work in our vital public services, such as hospitals and schools. It is a disgrace that Vote Leave are using them as political footballs.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace

Edinburgh

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