Migration

Home Office written question – answered at on 9 June 2023.

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Photo of Lee Anderson Lee Anderson Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce net migration figures.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

On 23 May, the Government announced a package of measures to tackle the substantial rise in the number of student dependants coming to the UK. This package includes:

o Removing the right for international students to bring dependants unless they are on postgraduate courses currently designated as research programmes. o Removing students’ right to switch into a work route before their studies are complete. o Reviewing maintenance requirements for those applying for student and dependant visas. o Clamping down on unscrupulous education agents selling inappropriate applications. o Improving communications about visa rules to universities and international students. o Improved and more targeted enforcement activity.

We expect this package to have a tangible impact on net migration. Taken together with the easing of temporary factors, like our exceptional humanitarian offers, we expect net migration to fall to pre-pandemic levels in the medium term.

We keep all our immigration policies under constant review to ensure they best serve the UK and reflect the public’s priorities.

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