Legal migration is too high, PM says

Rishi Sunak says legal migration to the UK is “too high” but has refused to put a precise figure on acceptable levels of people coming to the UK.

The prime minister told the BBC he was “considering a range of options” to bring down legal migration.

He has been facing pressure to deliver on a 2019 Conservative manifesto commitment to bring down levels of net migration.

New figures on net migration to the UK are expected next Thursday.

In an interview with the BBC’s Chris Mason at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Mr Sunak refused to be drawn on the specifics of the government’s plan on legal migration.

Asked if he would stop some international students bringing dependants with them when they come to study in the UK, Mr Sunak said he wouldn’t “speculate”.

“What I would say is we’re considering a range of options to help tackle numbers of legal migration and to bring those numbers down – and we’ll talk more about that in the future,” he said.

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