According to new figures, migration to the UK still remains at more than double the government's target; The intention was to reduce migration numbers to "tens of thousands" by 2015. In the year to last September, net migration, meaning the number of immigrants arriving in the UK to stay for more than a year minus those emigrating from the UK, was 252,000. This is only a decrease of 3,000 from the previous year.
There has only been a very small reduction
in the number of people emigrating to the UK. The figures from the UK Office for
National Statistics reveal that in the year to September 2011 the estimated
total long-term immigration to the UK was 589,000, compared with 600,000 in the
year to September 2010.
The government has pledged to cut it to "tens of
thousands" by 2015 but these latest figures show that their attempt to cut down
immigration numbers by making significant changes by tightening immigration
rules is not making a noticeable difference yet.
"There is evidence that
the changes we are making to the rules are starting to have an impact," said the
Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesperson. "It is still our intention
to bring the levels of net migration back down to the tens of thousands. Clearly
it is going to take some time."
Additionally, less people are emigrating
from the UK making it harder to bring down the net migration numbers. Estimated
long-term emigration from the country over the past year was 338,000, compared
with 345,000 for the year before.
However, the government has reported a
decrease in students immigrating to the UK on Tier 4 visas.
"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," said
Immigration Minister Damian Green. "As these policies start to bite we are
seeing an end to the years when net migration was consistently on the rise. 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."
Global Visa Support offers a
variety of programs in United Kingdom. Please visit our UK page for more information: http://www.globalvisasupport.com/uk.html