Commenting on the latest quarterly net migration figures, Barbara Roche, chair of the Migration Matters Trust said,
"The fall in net migration is worrying. At the moment there are the best part of 1m vacancies in the British economy and unemployment is at a 42 year low. Thousands of businesses that employ millions of Britons depend on migrants’ skills to stay open.
If British businesses cannot meet their orders because of skills gaps they will cut back and job losses will follow. The bulk of these losses will be felt by British citizens who make up the overwhelming majority of the workforce.
The stark choice facing Britain is between sustained migration which protects British jobs or lower migration which will drive unemployment and job insecurity."