MP welcomes a drop in rate of net immigration
A Conservative MP has welcomed the first fall in net migration into the UK since 2008.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed estimated net migration fell to 216,000 in the year to December.
It had been 252,000 the previous year.
Harborough MP Edward Garnier said he thought recent reforms had contributed to the fall.
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"Immigration is an important issue for people in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston," he said.
"I know my constituents were deeply frustrated about the chaos that has plagued our immigration system for too long.
"We are now doing what is needed to bring immigration under control.
"All the routes of entry into the UK are being tightened up.
"Economic migration has been capped, bogus students are being turned away and the rules on family migration are being made more robust.
"We are already seeing the impact of this and we now have a Government which is determined to bring it down to sustainable levels."