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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EU citizens accounted for two-thirds of immigration rise

  • European Union citizens accounted for two-thirds of increase in net migration
  • Immigration increased 13% from 492,000 in previous year to 560,000
  • Some 28,000 Romanian and Bulgarian citizens immigrated to UK - up from 12,000
  • The number of people leaving the UK remained stable at 316,000

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