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38% increase in net migration

There was a 38% increase in the number of long-term immigrants to the UK in the year ending September 2013 to 212,000, officials figures show. The Government had vowed to cut that figure to tens of thousands.

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Immigration minister tackling 'abuse of free movement'

Questioned on the rise in net migration published in ONS figures, the immigration and security minister said the Government remains focused on dealing with "abuses of free movement".

Immigration and security minister James Brokenshire MP. Credit: ITV News

James Brokenshire MP said: "What we have seen is a significant increase in the numbers of people coming to the UK from the EU itself.

"That's why the Government remains focused on dealing with abuses of free movement, and also following through the work that we have done on benefits, and those pull factors that might attract people to come to the UK in the first place."

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