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  • 23 May 2014, 9:03

'Significant' Rise In Number Of EU Immigrants

There was a significant increase in European Union citizens immigrating to the UK last year, says the Office of National Statistics (ONS)

A total of 201,000 European citizens arrived in the UK in 2013, up from 158,000 in 2012. The ONS says this is a "statistically significant rise".

In the year to March 2014, there was a 7% rise in the number of National Insurance numbers issued to overseas workers..

Four European countries showed significant rises in their nationals registering for work here during that period.

The most significant rise saw Polish registrations up from 11,000 to 102,000.

Italian workers registering for work here was up from 9,000 to 42,000.

Bulgarian and Romanian registrations almost doubled, rising from 36,000 to 65,000.

Overall net migration, which is the difference between those arriving and leaving the UK, is up from 177,000 in 2012 to 212,000 last year. But the 212,000 figure has remained the same over the past quarter.

However, the 212,000 net migration figure is still trending further away from the Government's target of bringing net migration down below the 100,000 figure before the next general election in 2015.

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