The annual limit, together with other reforms the Government has made since 2010, is helping to deliver an immigration system which works in the national interest: welcoming migrant workers who will contribute to economic growth, while reducing numbers to a more sustainable level and eliminating abuse.
The limit was last formally reviewed in 2012 by the Migration Advisory Committee, who recommended no change to its level. The Government has
committed to maintaining the limit at 20,700 places per year for at least the remainder of this parliament, to provide businesses with a period of policy stability.
The limit is working effectively and we continue to monitor its operation. Non-EU net migration was 218,000 in September 2010. We have cut it to 162,000 – down 56,000 under this Government. At the same time, the limit has not prevented businesses recruiting people with the skills they need.