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Rise in migration to the UK

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The number of long-term immigrants coming to the UK rose by 24,000 to 526,000 in 2013 according to official government figures released this morning.

The growth is “not a statistically significant increase” according to the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report by the Office for National Statistics, which looked at the number and country of origin of immigrants into the UK.

With 314,000 leaving the UK in 2013, this means that net migration – the number of extra people in the UK – was 212,000, a rise of 35,000 on the previous year.

The survey also found that 11,000 fewer non-EU citizens moved to the UK in 2013, but that 43,000 more EU passport-holders immigrated to the UK.

The country with the largest increase in immigrants was Romania (29,000 more in 2013), Poland (11,000 more), Italy (9,000 more) and Bulgaria (7,000 more) – which will likely fuel more debate about Nigel Farage’s now infamous comment on Romanian neighbours.

The most popular reason for immigration into the UK was work, with 214,000 moving to the UK for a job, while 177,000 foreign students joined them.

UKIP is already claiming that the figures back up their immigration policy, with Director of Communications Patrick O’Flynn tweeting: “201k EU migrants in year to Dec 2013, compared to 158k the year before. NI (National Insurance) numbers to Romanians UP 29k in year to March 2014. Oh dear Dave.”

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