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Net migration falls

Net migration falls
Net migration to the UK fell significantly in the last year, according to new figures released today.

The Office for National Statistics said the drop from 242,000 to 183,000 people was due to a combination of inward migration falling and a rise in the number of people leaving the UK.

Immigration fell by 42,000 to reach 536,000 people in the year ending March 12, while 353,000 people left the country, up 17,000 on the 2011 figure.

The news may be a welcome boost for Home Secretary Theresa May, especially after another report today criticised border officials for failing to stop foreign students remaining in the UK illegally.

The Government's top immigration inspector, John Vine, said the UKBA had "no targets in place" to deal with reports from colleges that students had broken the terms of their student visas.

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