Report suggest only half the desired effect will be achieved 1st July 2011: Even as Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have been insisting that the measures being adopted by the government would bring annual net migration down to just "tens of thousands" by 2015, a report on the issue disagrees.
The report released by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory says it is thought they will only achieve half the desired effect, at best.
The report suggests government plans are likely to fail; and immigration system reforms will leave net migration at about 165,000 by 2015.
Dr Scott Blinder, senior researcher at the observatory, said: "The government’s current policies only look likely to reduce net migration by about 75,000 at best, which would mean that further reductions of more than 67,000 would be needed to meet the ‘tens-of-thousands’ net migration target."
As of now, figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) say the UK’s population increased by 470,000 last year, registering the highest annual growth rate for nearly 50 years.
ONS figures add the UK’s population was 62.3 million in the year leading up to mid-2010. It was up 0.8 per cent compared to the previous year, the figures released