Immigration targets missed
No progress has been made on tackling immigration into the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Net migration to the UK remains unchanged at 250,000 in the year to September 2011, far exceeding the Government’s target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000.
IPPR associate director Sarah Mulley said: "The Government has so far made no progress towards meeting its target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000. It has also found that it is very difficult to reduce immigration to the UK without imposing significant costs on the economy."
But a Number 10 spokesman said that Home Office statistics painted a different picture, showing that immigration policy was having the desired effect.
He said: "The ONS net migration statistics are to August 2011. The Home Office immigration statistics run to March 2012 so they are more up to date.
"If you look at the Home Office stats, you do see falls in various categories which shows that the tightening of immigration controls is having an effect.
"So the fall is -21% for the study route, -8% for the work route, -16% for the family route. That is evidence that the changes we are making to the rules are starting to have an impact.
"It's still our intention to bring levels of net migration back down to tens of thousands, clearly that's going to take some time."