Migration Target In Tatters

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03 Mar 2014

Last week’s rise in net migration figures shows that the Government is failing against their own target to cut numbers to the “tens of thousands” despite their repeated promises to get immigration under control.

Net migration to the UK rose to 212,000 in the year to September 2013, up from 154,000 in the previous year according to official statistics. The Prime Minister promised "no ifs, no buts" to cut net migration to below 100,000, yet these figures show net migration has gone up and is now more than twice his target figure.

There can only be one conclusion: the Government's migration target is in tatters, and their immigration policy is a mess.

With many local communities struggling with the cost of living, I'm disappointed that the Government has rejected sensible proposals for strengthening minimum wage enforcement and action to put a stop to the abuse of workers by gang masters. These proposals would help to stop the exploitation of migrant workers, which leads to the undercutting of local jobs and wages.