Immigration 'set to rise again'

UKBA to conduct interviews with student-visa applicants from "high-risk" countries.
UKBA to conduct interviews with student-visa applicants from "high-risk" countries. Credit: PA

Net migration will begin to rise again in less than two years as the Government runs out of options for restricting the number of foreign nationals entering the UK, a leading think-tank has warned.

While net migration is forecast to fall to 140,000 next year, from around 180,000 at the end of last March, it is likely to rise again in 2014, the Institute for Public Policy Research said.

The decline in net migration will be driven by lower numbers of international students from outside the EU, but this is likely to be short-lived, the IPPR said.

A crackdown on foreign students will see UK Border Agency conduct interviews with student-visa applicants from "high-risk" countries.

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