Evidence suggests that many who come to study here don’t return home, which makes calls to remove them from net migration statistics disingenuous.
And only two in five of these respondents plumped for an end to EU free movement or exit.
The papers, the experts and the competition all vividly illustrate the mire in which Cameron is wading.
There are few clear answers to that question, despite all the firm rhetoric flying around. What we need is more nuance and better information.
Besides, one quarter’s figures do not alter the bigger picture. It may not be long before net migration from the EU exceeds that from the rest of the world.
Sir Andrew Green knows much about immigration policy, but in my experience the current system is broken.
Which is to place new restrictions on out of work benefits. Other than that, the law allows him little room for manoeuvre
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