Net migration to Britain stood at 298, 000 in year ending September 2014, the highest since year ending June 2005, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today. The net migration figure is 54,000 higher than when the Prime Minister made his “tens of thousands” pledge five years ago.
Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London said:
‘The Government set arbitrary targets, without considering the realities of migration. It is now sending out a “drawbridge” message by instilling a reputation for the UK as somewhere that even high-skilled people and bright, foreign students are unwelcome.’
‘The UK is an attractive place for people who want to come here to work, study or join their partner. Unfortunately, as these figures are the last official ones before the General Election it means that we are likely to hear more negative rhetoric about migration in a contest to see who is toughest and risk losing sight of the facts and the benefits.’
The ONS quarterly report is here: www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-statistics-quarterly-report/february-2015/index.html
Read more about Jean’s work on migration here.
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