Net migration hits 260,000 in new blow for Government pledge

imigrationSurge of 78,000 year-on-year driven by eastern European migrants after ministers admit promise to cut net migration has been ‘blown off course’

Net migration to Britain has increased significantly to 260,000 despite the Government’s pledge to reduce the total to just „tens of thousands”.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said net migration – the number of immigrants arriving minus the number of people emigrating – was actually higher than when the Coalition came to power.

It was up 78,000 year-on-year in the 12 months to the end of June, a 43 per cent rise.

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The key factor in the new figures was a surge in the number of migrants coming from eastern Europe.

A separate set of data on the number of workers applying for National Insurance numbers – a key indicator of migration levels – showed howRomanian and Bulgarian nationals are driving immigration.

The number from the two countries were up from less than 29,000 in the year ending September 2013 to 135,000 in the year ending September this year- although this set of figures includes short-term migrants and some who may have come to the country earlier but are starting work for the first time.

Restrictions on citizens of Romania and Bulgaria were lifted in January 1, giving them full access to the British job market.

Romania is now the largest group, having overtaken Poland.

The migration statistics showed 583,000 people came to Britain in the year to June, up from 502,000, while emigration was stable at 323,000.

The Opposition seized on the figures as evidence of a failed pledge.

Citeste tot articolul: The Telegraph 

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