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The number of foreigners given the right to settle in the UK also rocketed by nearly a third to
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Retirement Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the population think-tank Migrationwatch, said: “There is no sign
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The latest quarterly update on net immigration to the UK from the Office for National Statistics
Dating yesterday showed that the influx is continuing despite the recession hitting jobs.
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The Tories said the figures were an indictment of Labour’s complete failure to get a grip on
Britain’s borders.
Richard and Shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “These are the last immigration figures
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before the election and it is clear that immigration has been running out of control throughout the
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number of work visas issued is going up.
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The document, written by Government officials in 2000 but only released this week, also
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Overall, yesterday’s figures showed that 518,000 immigrants came to the UK in the 12 months
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column now came from eastern Europe. A total of 371,000 people left the country in the 12 months to June
last year, giving a total net immigration figure of 147,000.
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The number of Poles registering to work fell by a quarter at the end of last year, although there
are still more than half a million in the UK.
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Read the latest The largest single overseas ethnic group resident in the UK is 660,000 from India, followed by
column now 503,000 from Poland, 433,000 from Pakistan, 408,000 from Ireland and 295,000 from Germany.
Senior Tory backbencher Nicholas Soames and former Labour minister Frank Field, who co-
David Robson chair the Commons All Party Group on Balanced Migration, said the figures showed immigration
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In a joint statement they added: “The Government’s points-based system has had little effect,
despite claims to the contrary.
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Brewer “We are still on course for a populationof 70 million in 20 years or so – 70 per cent of this
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Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne added: “Public confidence and trust in the
migration system has been shattered by decades of mismanagement. Exit checks must be
reintroduced immediately.”
But Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said: “Asylum applications for the last three months of
2009 were the lowest since the early 1990s.

“Net migration is down, and the new UK Border Agency is increasingly successful.” Incredibly,
he added: Our border has never been stronger.” Widgets

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