Forest MP Mark Harper vows to tackle immigration figures
CUTTING the number of immigrants coming into Britain each year is a top priority for Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper as he enters the first week of his new job as Immigration Minister.
Mr Harper was promoted this week in Prime Minister David Cameron's first major reshuffle of the Cabinet.
The Government has pledged to cut the net immigration figures to tens of thousands.
Estimated net migration was 252,000 in the year to September 2011. This is similar to 255,000 in the year to September 2010 meaning Mr Harper has a tough challenge on his hands.
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He said he is committed to reaching the target.
In his first speech to Parliament since taking on the new job, he said: "We want the brightest and the best to come to the UK to support economic growth. We have consulted widely on our reforms with business and the higher education sector.
"We haven't prevented a single highly skilled worker coming to the UK at all, we've made investor and entrepreneur routes more attractive and accessible.
"Our aim is to eliminate abuse and focus on high quality, high value sectors. There is no limit on the number of students who can enter to study.
"Reducing net migration and tackling abuse are completely compatible with continuing to attract the brightest and the best.
"Immigration can be beneficial to Britain but the unsustainable levels we have seen have been damaging. That was why we said we would get a grip."