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ONS: Net migration in UK rises to 243,000

Overall net migration - the difference between migrants leaving and arriving in the UK - rose to 243,000 in the year to March, a "statistically significant increase" from 175,000 the previous year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

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Labour: Tory immigration promises 'in tatters'

Labour say today's net migration figures show David Cameron's pledge to bring numbers down to below 100,000 is "in tatters".

Yvette Cooper hit out at the Government over immigration. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"David Cameron and Theresa May must now admit that their net migration target is in tatters and they have utterly broken their grand immigration promises," Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said in a statement.

"David Cameron promised "no ifs, no buts" that net migration would fall to the tens of thousands. Instead it has gone up by nearly 70,000 in the last year," she added.

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