IPPR says UK Immigration figures not expected to show drop in 2010
The IPPR said that its forecast for 2011 was based on:
- The UK economy continuing to perform better that Eurozone countries including Spain, Portugal and Greece, AND
- An influx of people coming to the UK from Ireland. Some forecasts have hinted that the UK could see an influx of some 120,000 Irish nationals who are expected to seek pastures new following recent economic turmoil.
The IPPR Director, Nick Pearce, said that “A sharp drop in immigration is unlikely to happen in 2011 on current trends, so ministers must be careful to manage down public expectations. The cap on skilled migration from outside the EU, which the government has already been put in place, could hurt the economic recovery. Other hasty measures to reduce numbers artificially would be even more damaging. Bringing down the level of immigration, which has been high in recent years, is a legitimate policy goal. But this should be done by making long term and sustainable reforms to the structure of our economy and labour market.”
Increase in Immigration Figures
Recently the Home Office’s quarterly Immigration figures revealed that net Immigration to the United Kingdom increased to 215,000 in the year to March 2010, a unexpected increase which was put down to a 10 year low in the number of British Citizens leaving the UK. The figures showed 580,000 people came to work or study in the UK for more than a year in the 12 months to March 2010, while 364,000 moved abroad over the same period, leaving a rounded net migration figure of 215,000.
Damian Green, the Immigration Minister, said that \”The annual limit that we announced this week will ensure we continue to attract the brightest and the best while we reduce economic migration by more than a fifth compared with last year. We will shortly be launching a consultation on student visas, so as with economic migration we refocus on the areas which add the greatest value, protecting our world class universities.\”
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