Net migration to UK rises to 333,000 - second highest on record
Date: 26 May 2016
Net migration to the UK rose to 333,000 in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The net figure is the number of people moving to the UK for at least a year, less the number leaving the UK.
The ONS figures estimate that net migration for EU citizens was 184,000.
UKIP's Nigel Farage said the numbers showed immigration was "out of control" and Boris Johnson said a vote to stay in the EU would mean "kissing goodbye permanently" to immigration control.
But Home Office minister James Brokenshire said the PM's renegotiation of the UK's membership of the EU would "close back-door routes" and added: "Leaving the EU is absolutely no panacea or silver bullet."
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According to the Office for National Statistics, there was a 20,000 rise in net migration to the UK from the 313,000 for the year to December 2014.
The figure is well above the government's aim of getting it to the "tens of thousands" and is the highest recorded for a calendar year.
Thursday's figures show estimated levels of long-term migration into the UK from within the EU and outside in the year to December 2015.
They show that 270,000 EU citizens moved to the UK for at least a year in 2015, up from 264,000 in 2014. The number of non-EU citizens moving to the UK was 277,000, down from 287,000 in 2014.
The rise in the net figure was the result of fall in the numbers of people emigrating.
But Vote Leave figurehead Boris Johnson said it was clear "we are adding a population the size of Oxford to the UK every year just from EU migration".
He accused David Cameron of having "given away control of immigration and asylum forever" - and urged people to "face the fact that the system has spun out of control".
"If you vote In on 23 June, you are kissing goodbye permanently to control of immigration," he said. "You are voting for the current situation not only to continue but to get worse.
"The only way to take back control of immigration is to Vote Leave on 23 June. The public should be able to vote for those who make the laws of this country including on immigration. It is intolerable to continue without democratic consent for Britain's immigration policy."
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