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Since 2003, immigration has been one of the top three issues in every one of Mori’s monthly surveys of public opinion. The government has changed immigration policy four times since 2001. Now, with the economy in trouble, some people are worried that immigration is effectively coming to an end, as recent arrivals from eastern Europe head back home. Others still feel that Britain has too many immigrants. Last month MPs Frank Field and Nicholas Soames called for an overall “migration cap”—an idea rejected in this month’s Prospect by then home office minister Liam Byrne.

But debates tend to focus on…

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