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Net migration to the UK has stabilised

In the year to June 2011, net migration to the UK was 250,000 which follows a peak in the figures of 255,000 to September 2010, according to figures published today by the ONS.

The UK government is committed to reducing immigration

It is estimated that total long-term immigration to the UK in the year to June 2011 was 593,000, which compares to a 582,000 in the year to June 2010. At the same time total long-term emigration from the UK in the year to June 2011 was 343,000, a drop of 4,000 over the previous year.

Long-term immigration of New Commonwealth citizens has reached 170,000 which is the highest ever figure. Two-thirds of these immigrants have come to the UK to study. In fact, study remains the most common reason for migration to the UK at accounted for 242,000 people in the year to June 2011.

The present government is committed to cut net migration by 2015. According to Immigration Minister Damian Green: “Net migration remains too high, but is now steady. This government remains committed to bringing net migration down from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands over the course of the Parliament.”

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