2022-11-24 16:08:48

Angry Tory MPs demand action on immigration after net figures top 500,000

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The Independent
By Andrew Woodcock

Furious Conservative MPs are writing to Rishi Sunak to demand action to bring down immigration after new figures showing an overall influx of more than 500,000 people over the past year.

Senor backbencher Sir John Hayes told The Independent he expected upwards of 20 signatures on a letter telling the prime minister to get a grip not only on unauthorised Channel crossings by small boat but also the system of work and study visas, which he said were out of control.

Some 381,459 work visas were issued in the 12 months to September 2022 up 87 per cent on the previous year and well above the pre-Covid level of 192,559 in 2019, according to figures released by the Home Office.

Numbers of study visas were up by 38 per cent over the same period to hit 597,827, compared to 404,410 in 2019. Indians made up around one-third of work visas and more than a quarter of those for study.

Sir John told The Independent that the flow of incoming workers created a displacement effect by discouraging employers from training up homegrown staff and incentivising investment in low-skill jobs rather than the high-skill, high-wage careers the government wants to deliver.

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