Start typing and hit "Enter" to search.
Immigration rules thumb

Pledge to cut immigration would make the economy 115bn worse off

From an era of fairy tales and baseless myths, civilization took over and logic and intellectualism became the driving force of society and governance. What we see today is a backward slide once again into celebrated ignorance. It appears as though people are fed up with facts. Maybe facts and science have failed, or probably, advancement in science have made people think less.

It started with Donald Trump in America - how people voted for such a person with so much scandal to his name still baffles me up till this day. And then Brexit. A recurring theme in Brexit and Trump is that politicians appealed only to people's feelings rather reason.

Trump says he is going to make America great again without actually saying how he is going to do it - people are excited, and say 'hey I am going to vote for him'. In Britain, Nigel Farage and his friends walk up the stage and say they are going to spend £350 million from Brexit on NHS - with no facts to back up their claim, people say 'hey, I am going to vote for what these guys are selling'.

Surely, Nigel Farage and his team must have known that the things that they were saying were untrue. But they said it regardless. They knew that a lot of people wanted that and it was easier to win an election by saying what the majority of people want to hear - irrespective of its possibility as well as adverse effect on the greater good of the country.

Now that we have decided to leave the EU, the same Tories are selling us another mantra again. 'We will cut immigration to the tens of thousands'. Whether or not any real thought has been put into this remains to be seen. But it makes sense to a politically minded individual to think that if more people wanted Brexit, surely more people would want less immigrants. 'Sell them fewer immigration numbers then' - It is appearing as though this is what politics today has become.

Even the defence minister, Michael Fallon conceded that the party had not worked out how much achieving this would cost the public finances.

A number of good scientific research has been carried out and evidenced that dropping the net immigration figures to the tens of thousands as the Tories as promising will adversely affect the economy. In a few of our previous articles, we have highlighted and argued that based on our analysis of a research by Global Future, the UK needs at least 200,000 migrants to keep the economy running after Brexit.

The Office for Budget Responsibility also put a statement forward in 2016 on the basis of research and data available to them. That an 80,000 dip in net migration would create a loss of £6bn a year by 2020-21.

The most recent research, carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimates reducing net immigration below 100,000 a year would make the economy between 4.1 per cent and 5.7 per cent smaller by 2030. Thereby inflicting a whooping £115bn damage to the economy.

Reiss Edwards immigration solicitors therefore call on the government to ditch this net migration target and highlight the positive contribution made by immigrants to the British economy. We appreciate that immigration should be managed. What we don't appreciate is over managing immigration at the expense of the prosperity of the British people.

Some of our Happy Client

Reiss Edwards Awards

ACQ5 Awards Award
Lexis Nexis
Three Best Rated
Department For International Development
University Of Cambridge
Lexology Legal Influencers
ACQ5 Awards Award ACQ5 Awards Award
Lexis Nexis Lexis Nexis
Three Best Rated Three Best Rated
Department For International Development Department For International Development
University Of Cambridge University Of Cambridge
Lexology Legal Influencers Lexology Legal Influencers

O.L

Andy Tieu is absolutely amazing.

As a lawyer myself I can categorically say that he knows his stuff, gentle, responsive, cares about you and not just about the money, very professional.
I mean I can go on and on!

Andy and the entire team at Reiss Edwards are amazing!

Thanks again Andy.

Kiran Sardar


I found Joe very helpful and tremendous patience which is a must in this professional as there are lots of emotions always involved in each and every case.

The way they dealt with my case during COVID19 Situation is highly appreciable. I would definitely recommend Joe D. and Anna F. Anna is an amazing lady, her patience is beyond my words.

Her hard work and professionalism have no boundaries. She is the right person for all type of cases.

Thanks to Anna and Joe for all your support and guidance which helped me fulfill my dream.

I would say Reiss Edwards is lucky to have Joe D. and Anna F. Great job Reiss Edwards.

thanks once again. Anna you’re a Gem and a Star.

Cheyam Shaked

"Anna Foley was the lawyer helping my partner obtain an EEA EFM visa. She was outstanding. Handling the case with constant correspondence over a lengthy, lockdown delayed 7-month application process. Her expert advice guided us successfully through some difficult times as a result of COVID-19. Some of the best service I have received for any service ever! Often replying to emails late at night, offering to send additional correspondence to the home office and going above and beyond in handling our case! Well done and thank you Reiss Edwards and thank you Anna!!".

Isaac .T

"Professional service. I was very impressed with the fact that my ILR application was successful 6 weeks after the submission amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I also think the portfolio put together by the team at Reiss Edwards has played a big part in the quick turnaround of my application".

Reiss Edwards Reviews

O.L

"Andy Tieu is absolutely amazing, as a lawyer myself I can categorically say tha...

Read More

Kiran Sardar

"I found Joe very helpful and tremendous patience which is a must in this profes...

Read More

Cheyam Shaked

"Anna Foley was the lawyer helping my partner obtain an EEA EFM visa. She was ou...

Read More

Isaac .T

"Professional service. I was very impressed with the fact that my ILR applicatio...

Read More