Home Office written question – answered on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) students, (b) sick people, (c) people looking after family or home, (d) retirees and (e) other people classed as economically inactive who (i) are able and (ii) would like to work; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Immigration must be considered alongside investment in and development of the UK’s domestic labour force. There are over eight million economically inactive people in the UK, nearly two million of whom say they want a job.

3.8 million more people are now in work compared to 2010, and our new points-based immigration system will encourage businesses to support more people into employment.

In delivering on its manifesto commitments for a new points-based system, the Government has considered relevant views, evidence, and analysis, especially form the independent Migration Advisory Committee.

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