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EU immigration to Britain rises significantly

There was a rise in the arrival of European Union (EU) citizens to the UK in the year to December 2013, official figures show.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that 201,000 EU citizens came into the UK as long-term immigrants in the year to December 2013, a statistically significant increase of 43,000 over the previous year.

Official figures also reveal that 125,000 EU citizens immigrated for work in the year ending December 2013, an increase from 95,000 the previous year.

Some 62,000 were citizens from EU15 (pre-2004) countries, a statistically significant increase from 49,000 the previous year.

The latest figures also reveal that 23,000 EU2 (Romanian and Bulgarian) citizens immigrated in the year ending December 2013, a statistically significant increase from 9,000 the previous year.

An estimated 122,000 EU2 citizens were employed in the UK in January to March 2014, compared with 103,000 in the same period in 2013.

The National Insurance number (NINo) registrations to adult overseas nationals increased by 7% to 603,000 in the year ending March 2014 from the previous year. The highest number of registrations continues to be for Polish citizens (102,000).

The largest increases in NINo registrations in the year ending March 2014 were for citizens of Romania (up 29,000 to 47,000), Poland (up 11,000 to 102,000), Italy (up 9,000 to 42,000) and Bulgaria (up 7,000 to 18,000) from the previous year.
 

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