Immigration targets slammed by academics

The Government's target to cut net migration to the UK to the tens of thousands by 2015 is "neither a useful tool nor a measure of policy effectiveness", a group of academics has warned.

The Government's target to cut net migration to the UK is "neither a useful tool nor a measure of policy effectiveness". Credit: PA

Researchers from University College London said the Government has focused its policies almost entirely on non-EEA citizens, making big cuts in the highly-skilled immigrants and foreign students.

The paper added: "It is not clear what happens next - where further cuts would come from, what policies would be needed to maintain a net inflow below 100,000, or what happens if an improving economy requires more skilled labour."