The immigration debate in the UK has re-emerged this week, with Prime Minister David Cameron promising to get tough on illegal immigrants, restricting access to welfare benefits and social housing, clamping down on so-called “health tourism” and imposing stricter penalties for those who employ undocumented migrants.

Speaking in Ipswich in eastern England on 25 March, Cameron said he would erase Britain’s reputation as a “soft touch” on immigration and introdu...

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