`System should control migration fairly’
12th April 2010: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown believes the debate on immigration should hover around how to attract key people who contribute towards the growth of the economy, while controlling migration fairly.
In a speech delivered in Shoreditch, East London, Brown said in his opinion the responsible way to debate migration was to discuss how they could use the system over the coming years to continue to control migration fairly, to reduce the overall need for migration, while continuing to attract the key people who will make the biggest contribution to the growth of our economy.
The assertion is significant as the demand for a debate on immigration isbecoming louder and louder, with the general elections just round the corner.
Brown also explained how the government was transforming the way it dealt with immigration through its controlled and fair points-based system. He said the system they had introduced gave them the ability to secure the skills they needed and to secure the borders against thosenot welcome here.
Brown asserted the asylum claims were back to the levels of the early 1990s. The recent provisional figures suggested net inward migration too had fallen from 170,000 in 2007 to 147,000 in 2009.