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Net migration grows 42% as Cameron miles off target

27th Nov 14 12:53 pm

Net migration has grown in the past year, despite David Cameron’s aim to curb it.

The prime minister had set a target of limiting net migration (the number of people entering the country minus the number of people who leave) to 100,000 a year before the May 2015 election.

But the PM has rather spectacularly failed to achieve his target.

Net migration increased to 260,000 in the year to June 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That’s 78,000 more than the year before – an increase of more than 42%.

The 260,000 is also higher than the 244,000 net migrants of 2010, when the coalition came to power.

Net migration’s most recent low was in September 2012, when it stood at 154,000.

It peaked in June 2005 at 320,000.

How the net migration figures break down

An estimated 583,000 people moved to the UK from abroad (immigrated) in the year to June 2014.

Meanwhile, 323,000 people left the UK to live overseas.

EU immigration has grown by 45,000 since the year before and non-EU immigration by 30,000 people.

Work and study visa grants increased by 6% in the year to September 2014, to more than 9,500, while asylum applications grew 2% to 24,300 applications.

Find out more about the data.

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