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U.K. Can Only Cut EU Migration by 50,000 a Year, Study Suggests

  • Demand for workers is likely to limit post-Brexit reductions
  • That would be a 15% cut in total net immigration to Britain
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Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Brexit is unlikely to significantly help Theresa May in her ambition to cut net migration to the U.K. by more than two-thirds, a study found, pointing out that many of those who move to Britain are needed by employers.

The report published Friday by Global Future, a new pro-immigration think-tank, suggested that tighter controls, as promised by the prime minister, would only shave 50,000 off the current net migration total of 335,000 -- 15 percent. May has stuck with her predecessor David Cameron’s promise to get immigration down to the “tens of thousands” -- generally interpreted as meaning below 100,000.