Net Migration to UK, home secretary James Cleverly says the government is “completely committed” to limiting migration. According to experts, their policy is failing.
New government statistics show that net migration to the UK will reach a record 745,000 in 2022, fuelled by skilled workers and students. Nonetheless, despite government rhetoric, experts say there is widespread support for migration.
Net Migration to UK
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 745,000 more people entered the nation than left in the year ending December 2022.
However, migration has fallen 672,000 in the year to June 2023, with numbers anticipated to fall further in the coming years. 1.2 million individuals entered the country, with 508,000 leaving.
The Home Secretary James Cleverly stated that the government is “completely dedicated” to lowering migration, but there is substantial popular support for increasing migration in the shape it is now taking, according to Marley Morris of the IPPR think tank.
“Net migration to Uk continues to remain high, driven by a surge in skilled workers and students from non-EU countries, but for each of the primary elements of the recent rise – students, skilled workers, and humanitarian routes – there is strong public support,” Morris pointed out.
“This is especially the case for the health and care visa, where a majority of the public favour more nurses and doctors coming to the UK.”
The ONS stated that its statistics were preliminary and dependent on whether migrants were expected to stay for 12 months or longer.However, the figures coincided with worries that migrant workers are being exploited, as Morris predicted.
“There are clear warning signs about the high numbers of care workers being recruited from abroad, with reports of serious exploitation of migrant care workers,” Morris added.
“To resolve the workforce crisis in social care, what we need is investment in higher pay and conditions in the sector – which is down to the government to provide.”
The data, according to Caitlin Boswell, policy and advocacy manager at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, tell the true picture of how the government handles migrants.
“The the federal government’s obsession with migration statistics continues, in an ongoing attempt to divert attention away from real issues like the cost of living crisis and massive NHS wait times.”
According to the current figures, the government continues to treat migrants as commercial commodities,” stated Boswell. “Even those who are admitted face hostile immigration rules such as temporary work visas and threats from the government to limit the number of dependents who can accompany them.”
This administration clearly does not recognise the irony of preventing those who care for us from bringing in those they love.”According to Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK’s refugee and migrant rights director, the figures also demonstrated that the government’s asylum policy had failed.
“Over the course of three years, successive home secretaries have pursued an indefensible policy of simply refusing to process claims made in the UK in the hope that other countries would relieve the UK of this responsibility,” says Valdez-Symonds.
“The late expediting of some claims in an attempt to reduce the backlog is an admission that the policy of refusing to process them has been a colossal failure.”
“If James Cleverly wishes to show meaningful leadership, he should begin by scrapping this harmful policy of not processing asylum claims and the legislation introduced with it and get on with the task of deciding individuals claims, offering safety to people who are eligible for it, and making the asylum system work rather than shutting it down.”