Home Secretary Theresa May has praised the immigration system saying that it is taking effect and working in the national interest.
“Since May 2010 Conservatives have been working hard to bring immigration under control. We are reforming all the different routes of entry into the UK and the numbers are coming down as a result,” she said.
Citing what she described as “latest encouraging figures” published by the Office for National Statistics, Ms. May said: “Net immigration is down by almost a third since the general election – net immigration into the UK in the year ending June 2012 was 163,000, compared to 235,000 in June 2010.”
She went on to say that: “Visa numbers show that this trend is set to continue – the number of visas issued last year also went down, indicating that the downward trend of net immigration is set to continue.
“Sponsored student visas for UK universities have increased by 3% – showing that whilst we are ending the widespread abuse of student visas, we are still ensuring that our world-class universities can compete for overseas students.”
The latest figures, Ms. May said, “show that we're cutting out abuse and making our immigration system much more robust. We are putting a stop to the uncontrolled immigration we saw under the last Labour government and creating an immigration system which truly works in our national interest.”