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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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Net migration to UK increases

There was a net flow of 243,000 long-term migrants to the UK in the year ending March - up from 175,000 in the previous year.

The government has aimed to reduce net migration to below 100,000. Credit: PA Wire

The Office for National Statistics said the overall net migration - the difference between migrants leaving and arriving in the UK - had seen a "statistically significant increase".

Two-thirds of all immigrants to the UK within this period came from within the European Union.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May previously pledged to cut net migration to below 100,000 by the 2015 General Election.

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