Migration figures show benefits to the UKFebruary 26, 2015
Net migration figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, shows migration to the UK has risen to 298,000 for the year ending September 2014. Mark Hilton, head of immigration at London First, responded saying:
“We are worried that these figures will precipitate a bare-knuckle fight over immigration ahead of the general election, where the benefits that it brings to the UK will be forgotten. This is a fight that could do Britain a lot of damage in the long-term.
“The figures include a rise in foreign students coming to our world-leading universities, as well as high-skilled workers that we need to fill talent shortages in our own workforce.
“These groups play key roles in boosting the economy, as well as promoting Britain on the world stage.
“Politicians have to realise that ramping up anti-immigration rhetoric won’t just impact on the UK electorate – it echoes round the world, giving the impression we are not a country that is open for business.”