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Business group says jump in migrants means ‘game over’ for government target

In response to the news that the number of long-term migrants coming to the UK rose to 212,000 in the year to September 2013 Mark Hilton, Head of Immigration Policy at London First, said this is ‘game over’ for the government’s arbitrary immigration target.

“What we need to be wary of is the government trying to control future figures by further limiting the only number it has power over – non-EU migrants,” he said.

“In the past this has hit both highly-skilled immigrants that we need, as well as foreign students, who are a huge economic asset: higher education is our eighth biggest export industry, valued at £8 billion.”

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