Migration to UK More than Double Government Target

BBC News, May 24, 2012

Net migration to the UK remains more than double the government’s target of fewer than 100,000 people a year, according to new figures.

In the 12 months to last September, net migration—the number arriving in the UK to stay for more than a year minus those leaving for good—was 252,000.

The figures reflect a drop of just 3,000 on the previous year.

The government has pledged to cut it to “tens of thousands” by 2015 and Labour said it was “failing badly”.

Student visas

The figures from the Office for National Statistics show estimated long-term immigration to the UK in the year to September was 589,000, compared with 600,000 in the year to September 2010. The figure has remained at a similar level since 2004.

Estimated long-term emigration from the country over the same 12 months was 338,000, compared with 345,000 for the year before.

The number of National Insurance numbers allocated to non-UK nationals in the year to December 2011 was 671,000, a rise of 1% compared with 2010.

The most common reason for people coming to the UK is to study, as in previous years. This accounted for 250,000 of the arrivals, up slightly from 245,000 in the year to September 2010.

But the government said there had been a drop in the number of student visas issued in the first few months of this year.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “Our tough new rules are now making a real difference with a record 62% drop in student visas in the first quarter of 2012, and overall falls in work visas, family numbers and people settling.”

Last November the government’s migration advisers recommended changes aimed at cutting the number of family visas issued by up to two-thirds. They included an increase in the amount a UK resident would have to earn before a partner from overseas was granted a visa.

‘Weak controls’

“As these policies start to bite we are seeing an end to the years when net migration was consistently on the rise,” Mr Green said.

“But the hangover from the old system of weak controls means it is still too high and we will continue our programme of reforms to bring net migration down from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands.”

But Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the government was “failing badly on its own immigration target”.

She said: “David Cameron said 12 months ago, ‘No ifs. No buts. That’s a promise we made to the British people.’

“Yet these figures show that promise is being broken and the net migration figure of 252,000 is barely changed in the last two years, even with the net rise in British citizens leaving the UK.

“Migration experts have said the government does not have the policies to deliver on the target, so the prime minister is not being straight with the public on immigration. He should not make promises he can’t keep on such an important policy area.”

Dr Martin Ruhs of Oxford University’s Migration Observatory said: “Work, family and ‘other’ migration from outside the EU are at a very similar level to where they were in 2000, but non-EU students coming to the UK have increased substantially, which has been a big contributor to the challenges that the Government faces in hitting its target. “

‘Unacceptable scale’

The Institute for Public Policy Research, a left-of-centre think tank, has criticised the government’s attempt to cut the number of student visas, claiming it will damage the UK higher education industry for the sake of the migration figures.

Its associate director Sarah Mulley said: “The government has so far made no progress towards meeting its target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000.”

Migration Watch UK, a think tank which campaigns for tighter immigration controls, said it was worried by the figures.

Chairman Sir Andrew Green said: “You cannot expect to repair 15 years of mismanagement in 15 months, but it is still worrying news that net migration is running at a quarter of a million a year.

“There is no sign of any reduction from the huge numbers that developed under Labour.

“The problem is that non-EU migrants are simply not leaving. It is time the Lib Dems understood the extent of public concern, including among 75% of their own supporters.

“The coalition must now take tough measures to reduce this unacceptable scale of immigration.”

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  • loyalwhitebriton

    A bit rich for Labour to bemoan the fact that our Con-Dem coalition government is not fulfilling its target for reducing immigration into the UK – it was Labour which opened the floodgates!

    Typical of the IPPR (a basket case of left wing nut jobs if ever the was one!) to suggest that restricting student visas would harm Higher Education; like all of the thousands of Arabic speaking “students” who come here to our bogus colleges to learn English but simply disappear into the black economy?

    Our Con-Dem coalition government is weak and pathetic!
    There is only one way to even begin to repair the damage to this country, and that is to halt all visas – both economic and academic, for a period of at least 10 years. Then implement a sensible and manageable economic migration scheme limited to white European (and white European heritage) migrants only. This scheme should be coupled with a determined repatriation policy of all non-whites from the UK – using coercion if necessary. 

    • KenelmDigby

      The IPPR is a wholly funded by the Labour Party.

    • Just stockpile food and weapons, within 10 years there will be an all out race war in the West and afterwards Britain will be an Anglo-Saxon nation again. Plus the utter devastation of the cities will create plenty of construction jobs. 

  • Hirschibold

    Here is a poem from the “Norton Anthology of English Literature” I was assigned as an undergrad:

    Colonization in Reverse – Louise Bennett

    Wat a joyful news, miss Mattie,

    I feel like me heart gwine burs

    Jamaica people colonizin

    Englan in Reverse
    By de hundred, by de tousan
    From country and from town,
    By de ship-load, by de plane load
    Jamica is Englan boun.

    Dem a pour out a Jamaica,
    Everybody future plan
    Is fe get a big-time job
    An settle in de mother lan.

    What an islan! What a people!
    Man an woman, old an young
    Jus a pack dem bag an baggage
    An turn history upside dung!

    Some people doan like travel,
    But fe show dem loyalty
    Dem all a open up cheap-fare-
    To-England agency.

    An week by week dem shippin off
    Dem countryman like fire,
    Fe immigrate an populate
    De seat a de Empire.

    Oonoo see how life is funny,
    Oonoo see da turnabout?
    jamaica live fe box bread
    Out a English people mout’.

    For wen dem ketch a Englan,
    An start play dem different role,
    Some will settle down to work
    An some will settle fe de dole.

    Jane says de dole is not too bad
    Because dey payin she
    Two pounds a week fe seek a job
    dat suit her dignity.

    me say Jane will never fine work
    At de rate how she dah look,
    For all day she stay popn Aunt Fan couch
    An read love-story book.

    Wat a devilment a Englan!
    Dem face war an brave de worse,
    But me wonderin how dem gwine stan
    Colonizin in reverse.

    What a bunch of dummies liberalism has as its gatekeepers. Charge kids several grand to study the works of some racist ingrate of an immigrant who gloats with genocidal glee over the English project, for which men died, coming all to naught. Just disgusting.

    •  Who’s more the offender
      the brown immigrant who take the free food
      or the englishman that feeds the rats?

      Just a simple flyover a tiny island with one nuke will solve years of past problems.

  • Yea they didnt allow comments on this article.

  • What remains of britain is a FILTHY, degenerate slime-bucket of brown criminals PREYING on an effete, emasculated DITHERING white population.

    It’s what AMERICA WILL LOOK LIKE in 30 years…

  • KenelmDigby

    It is very likely that the Tories only won a plurality of the vote (they are not a majority government in the UK parliament), by promising to crack down on the Labour Party’s lunatic policy of open borders and massive uncontrolled immigration. This won the votes of many of the gullible, although anyone who knew of the Tories previous record could tell you otherwise – basically on immigration at least they are Labour Party-lite.
     As predicted the Tories have done absolutely sweet F. A. (as they say in England), on restricting immigration.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    I hope you don’t think I’m being impertinent, but why did you not simply edit your comment accordingly?