Vince Cable and Diane Abbott Mourn Drop In Immigration Numbers
News that the latest quarterly net migration figures to the UK show a 81,000 drop from the corresponding quarter last year, have been met with dismay by Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable (pictured above) and by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott.
Net migration – the difference between those entering and leaving the UK – fell 81,000 to 246,000 in the year to March 2017.
More than half that change is due to a decrease in net migration of EU citizens, which is down 51,000.
The government is committed to reducing net migration to below 100,000.
Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis welcomed the new figures, saying:
‘It was good to see a third quarter running of net migration figures coming down’.
However Mr. Cable was far less impressed, calling the figures ‘a deeply worrying Brexodus of EU citizens’ and blaming the government for failing to guarantee their rights to stay in the UK.’
Ms Abbott took aim at Theresa May after it emerged that the government figures previously released on student migration were likely to be ‘considerably out’ as new stats show that 97% of students studying in the UK return to the country of origin at the end of the study period, a far higher figure than previously thought. Ms. Abbott said:
‘Theresa May’s long running campaign to malign international students was based on pure fantasy.’