Net migration to UK rockets to 243,000 – ONS

The UK government’s attempts to reduce net migration below 100,000 by next May's general election is evidently an uphill task and probably unachievable.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that net migration into the UK increased by more than 38% to 243,000 in 2013-14.

European Union (EU) citizens accounted for two-thirds of the growth in net migration.

At least 28,000 Romanians and Bulgarians immigrated to the UK in the year ending March 2014, a statistically significant increase from 12,000 in the previous 12 months. Employment restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians were lifted in January 2014.

The number of immigrants coming to the UK for work increased by 38,000 to 228,000, driven by increases for EU citizens.

The estimated employment of EU citizens was 17% higher in April to June 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013.

The number of non-EU immigrants coming to the UK for work increased for the first time in nearly three years to 265,000.

The number of foreign students remained stable at 177,000. There was a 7% increase in the number of student visas issued to university sponsored applicants. There was however, a decline in the number of visa applications for other education sectors.

It is increasingly evident from the latest figures from ONS that the UK needs and keeps on attracting more immigrant workers. The number of EU citizens, especially of Romanians and Bulgarians coming to the UK for work seems set to increase significantly considering that it went rose from 12,000 to 28,000 within a year. This is further backed by the fact that the UK government now doesn’t have any powers to stop the EU workers from coming to the country.

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