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Net immigration cut by a third

Thursday, February 28 2013

net migration down

Latest official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that net immigration into the UK has fallen by almost a third since the last general election.

Net immigration into the UK in the year ending June 2012 was 163,000, significantly lower than 235,000 in the year ending June 2010.

Conservatives in Government have implemented tough reforms to all the routes of immigration into the UK. Conservatives have capped economic immigration, whilst giving certainty to business that they can bring in their best and brightest with visas for 'exceptional talent'.

Reforms to student visas have seen bogus colleges close and applications to our world-class universities increase. Reforms to the family route have been fair to families and fair to the tax payer.

These figures show that our reforms are working with numbers are coming down, and the latest visa statistics indicate that this trend is set to continue.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: "Our tough reforms are having an impact in all the right places - we have tightened the routes where abuse was rife and overall numbers are down as a result.  But sponsored student visa applications for our world-class university sector are up and the numbers of skilled people being sponsored by UK employers in sectors such as IT and science have also increased.

"We will continue to work hard to bring net immigration down from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament and to create a selective immigration system that works in our national interest."

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