The UK Government is still determined to reduce net migration “to the tens of thousands,” Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire has said.
In his first speech on immigration at the think-tank Demos in London on 6th March 2014, Mr Brokenshire said: “Our challenge is to create a sustainable migration system which benefits our country and doesn’t see foreign labour as a cheap commodity for low-skilled work.”
The government’s decision to reduce immigration is not only motivated by economic reasons, Mr Brokenshire said. “Uncontrolled mass immigration can force wages down and house prices up and put pressure on social cohesion and public services,” he said. “And let me be clear — it can also cause displacement in the labour market.”