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Robert Jenrick has known as for migrant numbers coming into Britain to be capped at 100,000.

The former Home Office minister, who resigned in protest on the Rwanda invoice, mentioned introducing a parliamentary “lock” on numbers would “restore voters’ trust”.

Net migration – the variety of immigrants coming to the UK minus those that to migrate – hit a report excessive of 745,000 in 2022.
In a report, Taking Back Control, the ex-immigration minister argues that the federal government ought to introduce a “migration budget” which might cap each total migration ranges and the way many individuals can come to Britain through visa routes.

These limits could be set and voted on by parliament, with the report recommending {that a} cupboard minister must be required to supply an annual replace on the stress that migration is putting on housing, infrastructure and public companies, such because the NHS.
It additionally argues that the UK should turn out to be the “grammar school of the western world” by toughening up the points-based system, launched after Brexit, to make sure that the overwhelming majority of visas are provided to high-skilled, well-paid migrants.

Mr Jenrick says the Government’s recently-passed Rwanda Bill will quickly “join the graveyard of policies” that didn’t deal with unlawful migration, however known as authorized migration “a bigger scandal”.

Writing within the Sunday Telegraph he mentioned: “As offensive and dangerous as illegal migration is, the bigger scandal is the story of legal migration because the numbers involved are so much greater.

“Last year, there were about 30,000 illegal small boat arrivals, but this was dwarfed by the 1.2 million people who arrived here perfectly legally.”

According to Mr Jenrick, internet migration must be wound again to “the tens of thousands”.

“We need to create a far more restrictive system that establishes the UK as the grammar school of the Western world, focusing on attracting the high skill, high wage migrants who will be net contributors to the economy,” he mentioned.

“The only way politicians can look voters in the eye and guarantee they can meet their promises to reduce net migration is to introduce a cap which would serve as a democratic lock on numbers.”

Home Office minister Chris Philp declined to set a restrict on internet immigration when requested for his response to Mr Jenrick’s demand.
Mr Philp advised the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme: “I’m not in a position to sit here and advocate for a hard cap today. But what I can say is that we’re taking measures that have been enacted and are now being implemented to reduce legal migration by about 300,000 a year. That’s by significantly increasing salary thresholds. It’s by reducing the numbers of dependents who can come in with migrants.

“I think the British public do want us to control, to significantly reduce migration, both legal migration as well as stop illegal migration.”