Immigration statistics show that the UK is attracting those with the skills which our economy most needs!

Immigration statistics publish today show that net migration has fallen by 106,000.  In contrast, those coming to UK for confirmed jobs has risen.

These statistics show that the UK is attracting those with the skills which our economy most needs. The system is working for UK businesses.

Statistics show that skilled work visas issued has increased by 38% and we have doubled the number of tech visas we will offer. This is fantastic news for industry and attracting high skills from around the world.

Tier 4 visas, for those who wish to study in the UK, are up 8%. Those who enter the country with a Tier 4 visa must be able to speak, read, write and understand English. They must also have proof of funds that they are able to support themselves through their course. An increase in students is testament to the word class higher education the UK has to offer.

It is also good to see that visitor visas are up 11%. This is for temporary visits from people outside the EU for leisure or business. This means greater investment in our economy. It is clear that Britain is open for business and attracting the most able people with the skills which will be necessary for Britain to flourish post Brexit.

Pauline said, “I welcome today’s news in relation to immigration statistics. There has been a decrease in those entering the country to “look for work”, however, the number of people coming to the UK for a definite job has remained stable.

The statistics show that Britain remains a very attractive country for people to live and work. It is good to see that the immigration we are attracting is that of high-skilled workers who have stable jobs and pay into our economy.

I am pleased that people from all over the world want to visit Britain and experience all the great things we have to offer.”