De konservative lovet å redusere netto innvandring til under 100.000 personer årlig. Det går dårlig. Tall fra ONS viser at netto innvandring var 243.000 – opp 39% fra året før.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) says two-thirds of the 68,000 increase in the 12 months to March 2014 was accounted for by a rise in European Union nationals coming to Britain, mostly for work.
The ONS said the net migration figure was made up of 560,000 coming to live in Britain in the year to March 2014 – a statistically significant increase from 492,000 in the previous 12 months. Emigration from Britain remained stable at 316,000.
Figure 2.4 shows trends in visas granted (excluding visitor and transit visas) by world area since 2005. From the year ending September 2009 onwards, those with an Asian nationality have accounted for the majority of visas and have driven the recent fluctuations in visa numbers. Asian nationals accounted for 280,360 (52%) of the 538,817 visas granted in the year ending June 2014, with India and China each accounting for 15% of the total.
Administrative data on entry clearance visas provide information on the nationality of those who are coming to the UK, though they relate to those subject to immigration control, so normally exclude EU nationals and some others.
Tallene kan virke forvirrende fordi konkrete tall på innvandring fra EU-land mangler slik at totalen nok er vesentlig høyere enn de 560.000 som ONS nevner.
Det som imidlertid kommer klart frem av grafen ovenfor, er at det ankommer omtrent 400.000 personer fra Asia, Afrika og Midt-Østen hvert år.