Responding to the news that annual net migration had fallen to 230,000, Barbara Roche, chair of the Migration Matters Trust, said,
"Falling immigration is bad news for Britain. There are currently 780,000 vacancies in the British economy - the highest on record - and businesses are struggling to fill skills gaps.
Orders are going unmet and growth is stalling. The result is that the jobs and pay of employees, the overwhelming majority of whom are British, are being put at risk.
In the current climate its not politically correct to say this, but immigration helps safeguard British employment and wages.
Politicians need to be straight about the impact of falling migration on the public's standard of living and the real choice facing Britain: maintaining levels of migration at comparable levels to recent years and sustaining what we've got, or cutting migration and falling off an economic cliff."