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Net migration target must be “put out of its misery”

As the ONS releases new migration statistics this morning, Mark Hilton, Head of Immigration Policy at London First, responded saying that the net migration target must be “put out of its misery”.

“With the general election fast approaching, the government is running out of time to hit its ‘tens of thousands’ target.

“The danger is ministers will take the only real steps open to them and clamp down on skilled non-EU migrants – who bring much-needed skills into the country – and students, who are not only an £10bn market for us, but a key plank in Britain’s global influence in terms of ‘soft power’.

“At the very least, the government should heed the calls of a long line of politicians, committees, and experts, and drop students from the net migration target.”

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