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Reduce annual net migration to tens of thousands

Last updated: 12:30pm 12 July 2018

It is our objective to reduce immigration to sustainable levels, by which we mean annual net migration in the tens of thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands we have seen over the last two decades.
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.54

Our verdict

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) report released in February 2018, highlighted that “in the year ending September 2017, net migration was at a similar level to early 2014 with 244,000 more people coming to the UK than leaving”. This, the ONS continued, was because non-EU net migration was increasing whilst the number of EU citizens coming to the UK for work decreased.
For the government to fulfil its pledge, it still has some way to go to reduce this number to the tens of thousands. We’re rating this pledge purely on the numbers themselves and because of this, we’re assessing it as ‘in progress’. We will be regularly updating it as and when the statistics are released quarterly by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) (you may also find the Migration Watch UK website useful for this).
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