Immigration has moved up the agenda as the government
realises that immigration is an issue it has to tackle.
Home Secretary David Blunkett has developed a reputation for toughness.
His proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill would impose
stricter measures against people coming into the country seeking asylum.
Immigrants could be deported even before their appeals over refugees
status are heard.
They would be housed in special centres, possibly on disused military
bases - which has not pleased local residents - and their children could
even be kept out of local schools.
David Blunkett also wants to better integrate Britain's ethnic
communities. Riots in northern towns like Oldham last year showed that
racial divisions can be deep.
Mr Blunkett says that immigrants should adopt British customs in "our
home". He also plans to allow easier legal immigration for workers whose
skills are needed.