Net immigration rose as fewer left country; don’t blame immigrants for it

UK needs to re-look at figures to analyze whether things as bad as projected
31st August 2011: Once again, the figures are being presented imperfectly in an apparent attempt to project immigration as a problem larger than it actually is.
Just last week there were conflicting stands on the increase in the number of immigrants finding their way into the UK.
The big picture presented to the country was that the coalition government had not been able to keep its promise of cutting down on the number of foreigners arriving on its shores; and that the net migration last year registered an increase by whooping by 20 per cent.

Labour lost no time to dub it as a personal set-back for David Cameron, although he had taken over office only in May last.

On the other hand, it was pointed out that the increase in net migration could not be attributed to immigration, alone.

In fact, net immigration is nothing but a balance between those leaving and arriving in the country. Immigration last year was, rather, roughly the same as in 2009.

The reason behind the rise in net immigration was the number of people leaving the country went down — a factor on which the government has hardly any control.

Immigration Minister Damian Green, in effect, claimed the net immigration has stabilized.

Reacting to the immigration statistics which showed net migration at the end of 2010 was 239,000, the minister said it was still too high.

He said: ‘After almost two years of increasing net migration the figures stabilised in the last quarter.

‘This explains why the government radically changed immigration policy, from our first months in office, to drive the numbers down with a limit on economic migration and changes to student visas to ensure we attract the brightest and best whilst tackling widespread abuse of the system. We are currently consulting on a range of further measures which will drive down numbers further.

‘These statistics cover a period before we introduced our radical changes to the immigration system to bring net migration back down to the tens of thousands.’

It is now becoming apparent that immigration issue is being blown out of proportion. No sooner such projections are made, you have think tanks and anti-immigration lobbies claiming immigration is bad for the country; it is putting pressure on the essential services; the schools are overcrowded with children of the immigrants; and the hospitals have no room for the natives.

Once again, UK needs to re-look at the figures and analyze for themselves who is speaking the truth; and are things as bad as they are being projected.

By Monika  


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