Non-EU immigration down by 9% last year

Immigration of non-EU citizens saw a "statistically significant" decrease to 244,000 last year, down from 269,000 the previous year.

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Despite non-EU immigration falling, long-term migration overall rose by 38% last year. Credit: PA

ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning reports that the Government links this to the fact that they have more control over non-EU immigration.

But statisticians said the fall was due to fewer New Commonwealth citizens - such as those from India - migrating to the UK for formal study.

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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.