Over recent weeks, as part of the build up to next year’s General Election, there has been a lot of speculation in relation to an immigration target set by the current government four years ago.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has suggested that the target – to reduce net migration to below 100,000 by 2015 – is still achievable; whilst the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has suggested that reaching such a target will be difficult.
Now, following the release of official figures, the Chancellor, George Osborne, appears to have admitted defeat in relation to the target being achieved.
According to the latest official figures in the year to September 2013, net migration in the UK hit 212,000, an increase of over 50,000 compared to the year before; and in a recent speech, the Chancellor appear to signal defeat in the target set at the start of the government’s reign being met.
Within his speech, Mr Osborne stated that after the next General Election, if the Tories remain in power they will need to renegotiate with the European Union, to enable the UK to bring immigration down to tens of thousands; whilst he also suggested that if Labour return to power, border controls are likely to be loosened.
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