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Jump in immigration shows migration target must be laid to rest

As figures showed another jump in net migration Mark Hilton, Head of Immigration at London First, said the government had done the right thing by laying its migration target to rest.

“Theresa May effectively killed the migration target off when she admitted what we’ve known for a long time – that the government was not going meet its pledge,” he said.

“Those who work to get the right people with the right skills into the UK won’t mourn its passing.

“Now we need to dust off the welcome mat and carry on attracting the engineers, tech experts and other workers with the skills we sorely need.”

According to the latest ONS statistics:

  • Net long-term migration to the UK was estimated to be 260,000 in the year ending June 2014, a statistically significant increase from 182,000 in the previous 12 months.
  • While net migration has increased since the most recent low of 154,000 in the year ending September 2012, it remains below the peak of 320,000 in the year ending June 2005.
  • 583,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending June 2014, a statistically significant increase from 502,000 in the previous 12 months. There were statistically significant increases in immigration of EU (up 45,000) and non-EU (up 30,000) citizens.
  • An estimated 323,000 people emigrated from the UK in the year ending June 2014. Long-term emigration has been relatively stable since 2010.
  • There was a statistically significant increase in immigration for work (up 45,000 to 247,000), driven by increases for non-EU citizens (up 14,000), EU2 citizens (up 11,000) and EU15 (up 10,000). Estimated employment of EU nationals (excluding British) resident in the UK was 16% higher in July to September 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013.

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