Migration from foreign countries to the UK has soared, with new figures showing 1.2 million people coming to live in the country during the last year.
Net migration – the number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants (either UK citizens or non-citizens) stands at 606,000, according to the statistics released today (May 25, 2023).
It’s a 24 per cent increase on the previous high of 488,000. Embarrassingly for Brexiters Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman, the rise was fuelled by people from outside the EU entering the UK to study, work or escape conflict or oppression.
At the time of writing, Braverman has not commented on the figures – instead, she ran like a rabbit from an urgent question in the House of Commons, leading Shadow Home Secretary to accuse her of going to ground. “What is the point of her?” she asked
Some might say that this was better than the comedy response from Rishi Sunak who, while agreeing the numbers were too high, actually said, “I’m bringing them down.”
Clearly he isn’t!
His government has announced a few new measures, like making it harder for international students to come to the UK by banning them from bringing “dependents”.
This seems to have confused some MPs, who mentioned students’ parents and grandparents in Commons debate. In fact, it means students will be banned from bringing their partners (spouse, husband, wife, civil partner, relationship partner) and children.
Amazingly, this has been welcomed by the Labour Party:
Labour's Stephen Kinnock welcomes the Tories' ban on the dependents of international students, stating 'we want and expect net migration to fall' pic.twitter.com/L1r2hz8Dq4
— j (@jrc1921) May 24, 2023
The result will be that foreign students will be discouraged from coming to the UK.
Readers of This Site will be aware that Yr Obdt Servt (that’s me) has been re-watching the old BBC sitcom Yes, Minister lately, and one episode refers to attempts to stop foreign students attending UK universities.
In it, the university authorities squealed like pigs in the mating season, because foreign students paid eight times as much as UK citizens and a ban would create financial difficulties for them.
Is the situation the same today?
If so, what advantage do Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman hope to create for the UK by closing our universities?
Source: ‘What’s the point of her?’: Braverman accused of ‘going to ground’ as record migration figures revealed
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