Friday, May 25, 2012

The broken pledges on immigration: Coalition vowed to cut net migration to under 100,000. Yesterday, it hit 252,000

Immigration is at record highs despite Coalition promises to slash the number of arrivals.

Figures released yesterday show that net migration in the first nine months of last year stood at 252,000 – the second highest level ever.

The total, which is the number moving here less those going abroad, is higher than in the year before David Cameron took power.

Last night ministers pointed out that the number of work and student visas is falling and this is not yet reflected in the figures.

The 252,000 mark for net migration has been topped only once, when it reached 255,000 in the year to September 2010.

In the first nine months of last year, 590,000 long-term migrants arrived in Britain – a level that has remained steady since 2004, when Britain opened the doors to workers from Eastern Europe. Read More