Progress on immigration

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the publication of figures by the Office of National Statistics today that immigration has fallen (29 November). The number of people entering the UK fell by 42,000 in the year ending March 2012, with net migration also falling by 59,000 to 183,000.

The Government has taken a number of steps to address public concerns about immigration. These include:

– Introducing a limit on the number of visas issued to non-EU economic migrants;
– Shutting down bogus colleges;
– Requiring a minimum income for those who wish to bring a foreign spouse to the UK;
– Closing the post-study work route so that graduates can only remain in the UK if they are offered a skilled job;
– Guaranteeing proper transitional controls for new EU member states; and
– Reforming the “Life in the UK” test to put British culture and heritage at its heart.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Evennett said “The Conservatives promised to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands and we are starting to see some progress in reaching that goal. Immigration is still too high but these reforms are beginning to make a real difference.

“More needs to be done by the UK Border Agency to deport those who do not have any right to be in the UK and process outstanding applications more promptly.”