25 June 2010
UK immigration to be reduced to slow the growth of the UK population
UK Immigration Minister Damian Green has announced that the government will introduce measures to control immigration.
The announcement follows figures that show an increase in the UK population. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that the UK population reached 61.8 million in mid-2009, an increase of 2.7 million since 2001.
The UK Immigration Minister said the new government intends to reduce immigration numbers back to 1990s levels.
“We believe that immigration has been far too high in recent years, which is why the new government will reduce net migration back down to the levels of the 1990s — to tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands,” the Minister said.
“Over the coming weeks and months the public will see us tackle this issue by introducing a wide range of new measures to ensure that immigration is properly controlled, including a limit on work permits, actions on marriage and an effective system of regulating the students who come here.”