Net immigration rose 21 per cent last year, with 239,000 more people arriving here than leaving, according to the Office for National Statistics. In 2009, the total was 198,000.
The government’s cap on migration to Britain from outside Europe is being more than offset by a renewed rise in migration from Poland and other EU countries. Immigration from within the EU, which is not subject to the coalition’s immigration cap, rose to 39,000 in 2010, up from 5,000 in 2009. ■