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UK net migration rises

UK net migration rises

Net migration into the UK has risen year on year for the first time in two years, official figures show.

Net migration – the difference between the number of people coming to live in the UK and those emigrating – rose to 182,000 in the year to June, up from 167,000 in the previous 12 months.

Prime Minister David Cameron wants to get this figure below 100,000 before the next election in 2015.

Immigration to the UK fell in the year to June 2013.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show some 503,000 people came to live in the UK in the year ending June, compared with 517,000 people the previous year.

Meanwhile 320,000 people left the UK – down from 349,000 the previous year.

Emigration is now at its lowest level since 2001.

Meanwhile the ONS said the number of people coming to the UK from the EU had gone up by 25,000, mainly for work reasons.

Immigration from outside the European Union (EU) saw a “statistically significant” drop to 242,000 in the year to June, from 282,000 the previous year, it said.

China now tops the table for the number of new immigrants to the UK, followed by India, Poland, the US and Australia.

The top five destinations for emigrants were Australia, the US, India, China and France.

BBC article

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