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What is the effect of growing migration on Britain?

Critics claim Britain is now a "borderless" country as figures showed net migration has hit a record high.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics showed net migration for the year to March 2015, was 330,000, up 40% on the previous year.

Some experts claim the figures are a sign of a growing UK economy.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills looks into the "migration effect" on Britain.

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917,000 National Insurance numbers for foreign nationals

A total of 917,000 foreign nationals registered for a national insurance number in the 12 months to June, official figures show.

917,000
Number of people from overseas who registered for a national insurance number in the year to June

The figure was almost two thirds (62%) higher than the same period last year.

Three quarters of the total registrations - 697,000 - were for citizens from EU citizens - an increase of 66% compared with the previous year.

697,000
Number of EU citizens who registered for national insurance number in the UK

Romanians accounted for the most, with 170,000, followed by Poles with 128,000. There were 44,000 for Bulgarians.

The most common nationality allocated an NI number from outside the EU was Indian, with 40,000, the figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Cooper: PM needs to stop immigration target 'dishonesty'

Yvette Cooper said a 'sensible plan' is needed to tackle immigration targets. Credit: PA

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said the record net migration figures show the prime minister "needs to stop the dishonesty over his failed immigration target and replace it with a sensible plan instead which properly separates immigration and asylum".

She added: "All his overblown rhetoric has achieved is a decline in public confidence as the electorate are faced with more broken promises."

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Nigel Farage: 'We are living in a borderless Britain'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said new figures which reveal net migration to Britain is at a record high, show "we are living in a borderless Britain".

"The government have no power whatsoever to stop anybody coming into Britain from the European Union. We have net migration now running at ten times its historical post-war average and that's if you believe the figures", he added.

Record number of EU migrants arriving in UK

The number of EU citizens immigrating to the UK is at a record high, according to the Office for National Statistics.

  • A total of 269,000 were estimated to have come to the UK in the year to March, up 26% on the previous year.
  • 61% of EU citizens immigrating for work had a definite job offer.
  • 39% were intending to look for a job rather than taking up an offer of employment.
  • 53,000 Romanian and Bulgarian citizens immigrated to the UK - almost double the 28,000 in the previous 12 months.

Keith Vaz: UK net migration figures are 'shocking'

Labour MP Keith Vaz said 'a radically different approach' was needed. Credit: PA

Keith Vaz, chairman of the parliamentary home affairs committee,has said record UK net migration figures are "shocking".

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show net migration for the year to March 2015, was 330,000, up 40% on the previous year.

"These record breaking figures are shocking. Only one month ago Theresa May told the home affairs committee that net migration of under 100,000 was her target, the Labour MP said.

"This is clearly not going to happen. Broken promises on migration do not build confidence with the public. We need a radically different approach."

The numbers: UK net migration hits an all-time high

New figures from the Office for National Statistics for the year to March 2015 have revealed that net migration to Britain is at a record high.

636,000
people immigrated to the UK up 84,000 from the previous year.
330,000
The difference in the number of people entering and the number leaving the UK.
10,000
The amount above the previous highest figure on record - 320,000 for the year ending June 2005.
Fifth
consecutive quarterly rise raises new questions about Tories' aim to bring the number below 100,000.
183,000
The net migration of EU citizens that arrived in Britain was up 53,000.
307,000
Migrated from the UK, the lowest figure since comparable records began in 2005, 132,000 were British
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