Restrictions on immigration could be a drag on the UK economy, when the demand for workers picks up.
A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research suggests the continuing financial crisis, in addition to the Government’s efforts to bring down the migrant numbers, will trigger a fall in non-EU immigration of about 10 per cent.
Though the numbers of EU migrants are also expected to register a dip due to the dwindling economy, the report warns that constraints on immigration could be a drag on the UK economy when the demand for workers picks up.
Matt Cavanagh, the think-tank’s associate director for UK migration, says: “While policy changes will start to achieve significant reductions in immigration from outside the EU, this will not be enough to put the Government on track to hit its target.”
While there was strong public support for reducing immigration, there were also “surveys showing equally strong doubts that they will deliver this, and very mixed support at the level of detailed policies….
“By promising what it cannot deliver, the Government, far from achieving its stated aim of taking the heat out of this emotive issue, will instead feed the public’s sense of disillusionment.”.