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Immigration flows hit six year high
Date 27/05/2011 17:41  Author webmaster  Hits 1102  Language Global
27 MAY 2011

Immigration flows have hit their highest level for six years in a major blow for the Coalition pledge to cut numbers.

By Tom Whitehead | The Telegraph

Net migration in to the UK soared by almost half last year and is now close to the record levels of 2005.

It is the fifth quarter in a row that net immigration has risen signalling a worrying upward trend.

And two of the main drivers were a slump in emigration and a sharp rise in Eastern Europeans coming to the UK for work – two areas that will not be affected by the Government’s annual cap or other immigration measures.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday also showed:

• The number of foreign workers increased by 1.7 million in the last decade and accounted for all the increase in employment levels over the period.

• Work visas increased by six per cent in the year to March 2011

• Asylum claims increased by 11 per cent

• Migrants granted settlement in the UK increased by four per cent

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See also:
Rise in eastern European workers (The Independent)