Commenting on the government’s release of new migration figures today (28/11/13), Atul Hatwal, Director of Migration Matters said,
“Today’s figures show that, the numbers of new people coming to this country in the year to June 2013 fell by 14,000. Net migration – which is the difference between the numbers of people leaving and those arriving – did rise by 15,000 compared to the previous year, but only because fewer people left the UK.
Comments from anti-immigrant scaremongers, such as UKIP, that talk about, 'a failure to control immigration,' are typical of the misinformation in this sensitive debate.
There has been no sudden influx of migrants or change in the nature of migration that threatens the well-being of Britain. There is no acknowledgement from Nigel Farage that the numbers of new people coming to the UK actually fell.
We need a debate on immigration that is focused on the facts, not myths, where the costs and benefits of migration are fully understood.
The reality is that properly managed migration is good for the country. According to the government’s independent Office for Budget Responsibility, if we ended net migration then by the middle years of this century our national debt will have spiralled out of control to a position where it is higher than Greece’s is today
This is because migrants tend to be net contributors to the economy, paying more in tax than the cost of services they use. This means the country becomes better off and the amount of debt per head that must be paid is lower.
The evidence of today’s figures is that immigration remains at a level that is both manageable and of benefit to Britain.”