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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Immigration policy progress?

The employment and unemployment stats today contained some good headline figures for the Government.

But it was not just DWP and the Treasury who were pleased. The Home Office too saw some figures that fuelled their belief that they may have turned the corner on getting Brits into jobs.

Among UK born workers, the percentage change in employment for the same quarter compared to a year ago has gone from - 0.6% to + 2.0%. Among non-UK born workers, it has fallen from +6.8% to +2.9%.

The chart below shows the point. Look at the final three red bars (UK born) and the final three green bars (non-UK born):

Immigration Minister, says:

“These figures show that we are building a better immigration system that works in the national interest and is supporting growth. The rise in numbers in employment has benefitted British citizens first, but our system is still allowing skilled migrants to come to the UK where they are needed by British businesses.”

“This follows significant changes to the immigration rules, clamping down on bogus students who only came to the UK to work, often in low skilled jobs, while remaining open to the brightest and the best. We have also seen falls in net migration and the number of visas issued is at its lowest since 2005. We will continue to work hard to ensure that net migration is reduced from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament.”

Ministers and officials alike know there's a long, long way to go. But the Home Office think they have reasons to be cheerful.

 


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