Ministers ‘unlikely to hit migrants’ target’

thisisoxfordshire: Oxford University experts doubt that the government will hit its immigration targets Oxford University experts doubt that the government will hit its immigration targets

Immigration experts at Oxford University say it is “extremely unlikely” the Government will achieve its aim of slashing net migration to the tens of thousands.

It comes after new figures by the Office for National Statistics showed 35,000 more people immigrated to the UK in the year ending September and 23,000 less people left the country.

This is said to be mainly due to a significant leap in the numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians moving to the country.

The university’s migration observatory director Scott Blinder said: “The key changes in this report are to EU migration – an area over which immigration policy has less direct influence.

“This highlights the fact that the net migration target is not something that can be delivered purely through policy, but relies on other trends as well.”

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6:21pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Andy of jericho says...

Of course the Government cannot control immigration, because Parliament has given away the power to do so. Under EU law we cannot stop EU citizens coming here: under treaties on asylum dating back 50 years, we cannot refuse entry to people from anywhere in the world who says they are persecuted.

Immigration has risen hugely since the 80s, adding the equivalent of several cities to our population, adding to our housing shortage. That is why we face having to concrete over Oxfordshire to build more houses: because we cannot control our borders
Of course the Government cannot control immigration, because Parliament has given away the power to do so. Under EU law we cannot stop EU citizens coming here: under treaties on asylum dating back 50 years, we cannot refuse entry to people from anywhere in the world who says they are persecuted. Immigration has risen hugely since the 80s, adding the equivalent of several cities to our population, adding to our housing shortage. That is why we face having to concrete over Oxfordshire to build more houses: because we cannot control our borders Andy of jericho
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7:24am Fri 7 Mar 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Doesn't matter either way the Government manipulate statistics daily to suit their needs. What is it they say 'lies, **** lies and statistics'.
Doesn't matter either way the Government manipulate statistics daily to suit their needs. What is it they say 'lies, **** lies and statistics'. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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