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Net migration to UK down by a third

MIGRATION DROP: The net amount of people coming to live in the UK has decreased

MIGRANTS COMING to live in the UK between June 2011 and June 2012 fell by a third compared to the previous year, new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals.

The figures show 163,000 more people decided to live in Britain for 12 months or more than left – the year before the number was 247,000.

The overall decrease was down to a drop in immigration, according to the ONS. Study was still the most frequent reason for people coming to live here.

The ONS said immigration went down from 589,000 to 515,000.

There was a drop in migrants coming from both New Commonwealth countries and new EU nations, like Poland which had 62,000 migrants compared to 86,000 the previous year. Commonwealth nations saw the number plummet from 168,000 to 117,000.

People stating their reason as study for arrival were 197,000, but the previous year’s figure was 239,000.

Emigrants leaving the UK remained more constant – 352,000 people departed from the UK in the year ending June 2012, compared to 342,000 the year before.

The drop in migration numbers will be welcomed government ministers, who aim to slash net migration by tens of thousands by 2015.

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