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Net Migration Falls By 34% To 163,000
Net migration into Britain has fallen by a third, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
A net flow of 163,000 migrants came to the UK in the year to June 2012, down from 247,000 in the previous year.
The decline was driven by a drop in the number of immigrants coming to Britain, which fell from 589,000 to 515,000, while the number of migrants leaving the country rose from 342,000 to 352,000.
Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May want to reduce net migration from non-EU countries to less than 100,000 before the next election in 2015.
There was a significant decrease in the number of immigrants arriving from New Commonwealth countries, which includes African countries such as Botswana, Kenya and Malawi and Indian subcontinent countries such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.