For the first time in two years, net migration into the UK has risen year on year, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.
There was a net flow of 182,000 long-term migrants to the UK in the year ending June 2013.
Some 503,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending June 2013, compared to the 517,000 people who immigrated during the previous year.
The new report shows that emigration is at its lowest level since 2001. In the year ending June 2013, 320,000 emigrants left the UK, which is lower than the 349,000 people who emigrated during the previous year.
The fall in emigration is driving an increase in net migration.
Immigration of non-EU citizens saw a statistically significant decrease to 242,000 in the year ending June 2013 from 282,000 the previous year.
Latest figures from the ONS also show that 183,000 EU citizens immigrated in the year ending June 2013, compared to the 158,000 for the previous year.
It also emerges that there was a statistically significant increase in EU15 citizens arriving for work-related reasons. Some 202,000 people arrived for work, now once again the most common reason for immigration, overtaking formal study for the first time since 2009.
At the same time, 176,000 people arrived for study.
The number of visas issued, excluding visitor and transit visas, was 526,736 in the year ending September 2013, 4% higher (+18,536) than the previous year.
In the year ending September 2013, there were increases in the numbers of visas issued for the purposes of work (+5% to 152,139) and for study (+3% to 216,895, excluding student visitors) where university sponsored applications rose 7%.
In the year ending September 2013, there were 33,747 family-related visas issued, 20% fewer than in the previous year, and the lowest since comparable records began in 2005.
Some 1.9 million visitor visas were issued in the year ending September 2013, 15% more (+256,367) than the previous year. Increases were seen in visitor visas issued to Chinese (+80,755), Russian (+37,405), Kuwaiti (+23,507), Indian (+20,749) and Saudi Arabian (+18,030) nationals.