MP praises immigration reduction

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MP Mark Lancaster has praised Government efforts to reduce immigration to the UK to the lowest it has been for a decade.

Statistics released last week showed net migration was down by more than a third since June 2010. The year ending September 2012 it was 153,000, down from 242,000 the previous year.

The Government has also made changes to help support economic growth by welcoming the brightest and best to the UK with a five per cent increase in work visas issued to skilled people in the year to March.

Mr Lancaster said: “These figures prove that the government have started to deal with immigration in the right way, encouraging those who will offer a positive contribution to our society and stopping those who wish to take advantage from living here. This is a dramatic improvement compared with the system this government inherited and I am confident these figures will continue to get better.”