Barbara Roche, chair of Migration Matters, commented on the new net migration figures saying,"Today’s fall in migration should concern anyone who worries about Britain’s economic prospects.Immigration is the canary in the coal mine for the British economy. It’s not politically correct to say this but migration is essential to Britain’s success.
According to the government’s latest figures, we currently have the best part of 1m vacancies in the British economy. If today’s fall in migration is sustained then it is inevitable that without migrants' skills to help plug these gaps, orders will go unfulfilled, businesses will suffer, the economy will falter and British jobs will be at risk.
Immigration will then fall even faster, as will British workers’ job security.
Britain’s post-Brexit choice is simple: lower immigration and a stalled economy or higher British employment with migration at comparable levels to recent years."