Think tank admits ‘error’ in its numbers after stating migration could soar to 500,000 post-Brexit

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MIGRATION Watch yesterday retracted claims net migration could soar to 500,000 after Brexit – in a row over its calculations.

The think tank said there was an “error” in its numbers which was “unfortunately overlooked at the final stages of preparation”.The Sun yesterday reported its predictions that net migration would hit record levels after Brexit because of the Home Secretary’s proposal to scrap a cap on foreign workers.

Sajid Javid's proposal to scrap a cap on foreign workers led the think tank to quote record high levels of immigration
Sajid Javid’s proposal to scrap a cap on foreign workers led the think tank to quote record high levels of immigration post-Brexit
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Migration Watch said the number of non-EU workers could double.

But it yesterday admitted its figures were based on historical visas issued – rather than those actually taken up and overseas nationals coming to the UK.

Migration Watch said: “We apologise for the error and will rectify it in the course of producing a revised version.”

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