Responding to the ONS’ net migration figures, Karl Williams, Deputy Research Director at the Centre for Policy Studies, said:
‘Today’s figures for net migration were lower than expected – but this reflects changes in the Office for National Statistics’ methodology and understanding. Even with these changes, and with the inclusion of refugees from Ukraine and elsewhere, we are still witnessing levels of net migration that are far higher than anything seen before Brexit or the pandemic.
‘The government therefore still needs to reduce numbers to deliver the control it promised at the last election, for example by making it harder for students to bring dependents with them.’
NOTES TO EDITORS
- Karl Williams is Deputy Research Director at the Centre for Policy Studies.
- For further information, please contact Emma Revell on 07931 698246 and [email protected] or Josh Coupland on 07912 485655 and [email protected].
- The Centre for Policy Studies is one of the oldest and most influential think tanks in Westminster. With a focus on taxation, economic growth, business, welfare, education, housing and green growth, its goal is to develop policies that widen enterprise, ownership and opportunity.
Date Added: Thursday 25th May 2023