Net migration to the UK was estimated to be 330,000 in the year to March, the highest figure on record, the Office for National Statistics has said.
The figure – the difference between the number entering the country and those leaving – is more than three times higher than the government’s target. In 2014, 13% of people in the UK were born abroad, taking the foreign-born population to 8.3m.
Net UK migration increased to 212,000 in the year to September 2013, pushing it further away from the Conservatives’ target of below 100,000, according to official estimates.
These new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that the net flow – the numbers moving to the UK minus the numbers leaving it – rose from 154,000 in the previous year.
This fresh increase has been driven by a big growth in the number of European Union citizens coming to Britain. Number 10 says Prime Minister stood by his pledge to reduce net migration to under 100,000 by 2015.
It was a similar story last November when the ONS released figures showing that net migration had risen year on year for the first time in two years.
Net migration rose to 182,000 in the year to June 2013, up from 167,000 in the previous 12 months. At the time more Chinese students were entering the country for work and to study.
Prime Minister David Cameron said that he wanted to get figures below 100,000 before the next election in 2015. He has already announced new measures to control the numbers taking advantage of the social security system in Britain. Here are some stats from the 2013 ONS figuresSorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
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