Including or excluding students in immigration reduction targets makes relatively little difference to long-run net migration – which ministers and Migration Watch say is their real concern – but makes a big difference to how the government’s efforts look in short-run political terms.
This weekend has seen the start of a national post-mortem on the causes of the riots. The unseemly spat between the Government and the police – over whether the Met needs a US ‘super cop’ to teach them how to tackle gangs – is missing the point. Far more important is the debate between the Government and the Opposition, over whether we need an inquiry into the causes. Too many in the media have already drawn their conclusions, unsurprisingly in favour of their previous editorial lines.
Over the last week there has been growing political pressure to review the Schengen system of open internal borders inside the Continental EU. President Sarkozy led the call, reacting to the appearance in Italy of thousands of Tunisians, irregular migrants escaping the instability in North Africa. They arrived in Italy due to the relative [...]
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