James Brokenshire has said that steps to reduce net migration to sustainable levels are working after new figures showed a further significant fall in numbers. The Office of National Statistics reported this week that net migration has fallen by a third since the General Election.
According to the new official figures net immigration into the UK in the year ending June 2012 was 163,000, compared to 235,000 in June 2010. Statistics for visa applications also show that this trend looks set to continue. The overall number of visas issued last year fell by 10% to the lowest 12 month total for which comparable data is available. 55% of total immigration was from nationals outside of the European Economic Area (EEA); 30% was from nationals inside the EEA and 15% was returning British citizens.
The Government has introduced a range of measures to control all the main routes of entry into the UK – work, family and education. Action includes cutting out abuse of student visas, putting a cap on economic migration from outside the EU and introducing more robust requirements for family settlement.
Commenting James Brokenshire said
“These positive new numbers show that we are on the right track to cut net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament. The Government has introduced robust measures to reduce immigration to sustainable levels and to create a system which works in our national interests.”