David Cameron to miss key immigration target, says report
David Cameron is likely to miss his key pledge of reducing the number of people coming into Britain to fewer than 100,000 a year, according to a new study.
A leading think tank predicts that net migration will continue its downward trend in 2013 but will start rising again in the following year.
The report, from the Left-of-centre Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), is a blow for the Prime Minister, who pledged in 2011 to get net migration the difference between the number of people entering Britain and those leaving down to the tens of thousands before the general election in May 2015.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has introduced new restrictions, including a clampdown on student visas and curbs on the numbers allowed in from outside the European Union to work and to join family members.
The efforts received an apparent boost when figures last month from the Office for National Statistics showed that net migration fell to 183,000 in the 12 months to March 2012, down from 242,000 the previous year.
In the biggest drop for four years, the number of foreign students coming to Britain fell by eight per cent, the number of new foreign workers was down by nine per cent, and the number of migrants from outside the EU fell by seven per cent.
However, the IPPR annual report on migration warns that the downward trend is likely to continue only into next year, with net migration falling to 140,000.
It predicts that the total will then start rising as ministers run out of options to cut numbers further. It forecasts that the Government will miss Mr Camerons key target, but points out that final totals for the 12 months up to February 2015 will not be available until after the general election.
|At any rate, this leftist group hopes the numbers are up.|
Posted by: lotp 2012-12-30