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Immigration cap won’t fit for yet another reason

IPPR warns Government can do nothing to stop workers from the EU coming to Britain 30th December 2010: The immigration cap won’t fit for yet another reason. The Institute for Public Policy Research, a leading think-tank, has warned that the plans to impose the cap with the intention of steadily bringing down the migration levels may not work after all.
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And the reason given by the institute is that there is nothing the Government can do to stop workers from the EU coming to Britain.

The think tank has made it clear that net migration is improbable to register a dip much below 200,000 in 2011. The annual level will be the same as it has been for last decade.

The predictions go against to the Government’s assurance to confine immigration from ‘hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands’.

Approximately 120,000 Irish people are expected to leave the Republic in 2010 and 2011. A substantial number of them are likely to head to Britain as there are no language barrier or work restrictions.

Nick Pearce, director of the IPPR, said: ‘IPPR analysis suggests a sharp drop in immigration is unlikely to happen in 2011 on current trends, so ministers must be careful to manage down public expectations.

‘The cap on skilled migration from outside the EU, which the Government has already put in place, could hurt the economic recovery. Other hasty measures to reduce numbers artificially would be even more damaging.’

‘Bringing down the level of immigration, which has been high in recent years, is a legitimate policy goal. But this should be done by making long-term and sustainable reforms to the structure of our economy and labour market.’

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