28 May 2010
UK immigration sees major migration shift
More European migrants from Poland, Czech Republic and other countries, are leaving the UK than arriving, new Home Office figures show.
The UK immigration shift is the first reversal in movement since large-scale immigration in Europe began.
In 2009, there were 45,000 arrivals of A8 nationals compared with 57,000 departures.
A8 refers to the central and eastern European countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia that acceded to the EU in 2004.
Overall, the UK net migration figure for the year ending September 2009 was down with the country only growing by 142,000, down from 160,000 for the previous year.
The new Coalition government has announced it will be introducing a cap on non-EU immigration, although the level has yet to be set.
UK Immigration minister Damian Green said new measures will include a limit on work permits, actions on marriage and an effective system of regulating overseas students.