UK misses again its immigration target
The UK office of national statistics has released a new data which show that the immigration target of the government is missed with 15 000 people. The net immigration is the result of people who come to the country minus those who leave it. In the year to June 2013, 503,000 people came to live, study or work in the UK and 320,000 people left the UK to live elsewhere giving a net immigration figure of 182,000; up from 167,000 in the year to June 2012. This is a huge disappointment for UK coalition’s leaders who promised to bring the immigration levels down to tens of thousands of people per year. The rise of the net immigration is mainly caused by two factors, the lower number of people which have left the country and the increased number of immigrants from with the European Union. The top five countries from where the new immigrants are comming are China, India, Poland, USA and Australia. Immigration minister Mark Harper put a positive face on the news. He pointed out that the number of immigrants to the UK had actually fallen by 14,000 from 517,000 to 503,000. Despite the lack of success the government target of less than 100 000 immigrants per year remains in place. The leader of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party Nigel Farage said ‘the fact that net migration going up, EU migration going up and immigration into the UK still running at over half a million per year is a damning indictment of this government’s failed approach to immigration’. The shadow immigration minister of the Labour government David Hanson has also criticized the ruling coalition by saying that they have failed to deliver results which matches their rhetoric against immigration.