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Metcalfe welcomes immigration fall
3:00pm Sunday 30th September 2012 in News
EAST Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe has welcomed the first fall in net migration into the UK since 2008.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the estimated net migration in the UK fell to 216,000 in the year to December 2011, down from 252,000 in the year to December 2010.
From June 2011 to June 2012, the number of student visas issued has declined by 30 per cent compared to the year before. Politicians are putting all this down to a raft of recent reforms to the immigration system.
Stephen said: “Immigration is a very important issue for people in Thurrock. “I know that local people were deeply frustrated about the chaos which was the hallmark of our immigration system for too long.
“For years under Labour immigration was uncontrolled.
“Net migration to Britain reached more than 2.2 million people - more than twice the population of Birmingham.
“The system was broken and nothing was being done to fix it.”
The Conservative MP added: “We now have a Government which is doing what is needed to bring immigration under control.
“All the routes of entry into the UK are being tightened up.
“Economic migration has been capped, bogus students are being turned away, and the rules on family migration are being made more robust.
“We are now seeing the impact of this. Immigration is still too high but we now have a government which is determined to bring it down to sustainable levels in the tens of thousands.”