The associate director of a leading think tank has said that the government is "fast running out of options" for restricting non-EU immigration.
Sarah Mulley, associate director of the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), said:
Although net migration will fall next year, the Government is fast running out of options for further restricting non-EU immigration in any significant way.
This may leave future progress against the net migration target dependent on patterns of EU migration and emigration, both of which are unpredictable and largely outside government control.
The net migration target is leading to bad policy decisions. It is keeping out migrants who make a significant economic contribution and are not the focus of public concerns.
More top news
Aston Villa came from behind to shock Liverpool at Wembley and book their place in the FA Cup final against Arsenal next month
The film appears to show the executions of Ethiopian Christians on the beach in Libya. It has not been verified.
Hundreds of Newcastle fans are taking part in a protest in the city centre ahead of today's home game against Tottenham.