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    As you all should know by now, non-EU migration makes up 57% of all immigration into the UK (2015). It's often stated by the LEAVE camp that this is fine, because we can "control" that immigration, and those people are highly skilled workers anyway.

    I thought I'd do some research on this - sorry for the lateness of the hour if this is something that will swing your vote in the referendum:

    According to the figure 7 here (http://www.migrationobservatory.ox.a...-net-migration) around 76,000 immigrants coming to the UK in 2014 were not workers, or at least were not coming to the UK primarily because they had skills we needed. Rather, they were the dependants of others, through a connection to a worker with a visa, family reunification, student dependants or asylum dependants.

    The total number of non-EU immigrants in 2014 is around 290,000 (http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulati...tion-to-the-uk), so more than a quarter of the non-EU migrants are not workers at all.

    If you look at section 2 on this document (https://www.gov.uk/government/public...rch-2016/study) the table there seems to say that for the year ending March 2015 134,000 long-term study immigration visas were issued.

    So, in total, approximately 210,000 immigrants from outside the EU in 2015 were either students, or non-workers. That's close to 75% of the total number of non-EU immigrants.
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    Also worth nothing that a much bigger % of EU immigrants are university-educated than non-EU immigrants. We do better from the immigration that we have no control over.
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    (Original post by JordanL_)
    Also worth nothing…
    I suppose you meant "Also worth noting…"?
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    Mass immigration has failed. Both EU and non-EU migration policies have not delivered for the British Isles

    Non-EU migrants cost the exchequer £15bn p.a. net, and EU migrants around £1-2bn, according to the latest estimates

    #TakeControl means taking control of the whole migration portfolio, addressing failings, and producing a plan for migration from all sources
 
 
 
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