Net UK migration increased to 212,000 in the year to September 2013, pushing it further away from the Conservatives’ target of below 100,000, according to official estimates.
The Office for National Statistics said the net flow – the numbers moving to the UK minus the numbers leaving it – rose from 154,000 in the previous year.
The increase has been driven by a big growth in the number of European Union citizens coming to Britain.
But No 10 said its aim had not changed.
Asked if David Cameron stood by his pledge to reduce net migration to under 100,000 by 2015, the PM’s official spokesman said: “That is absolutely the objective and we are going to very much keep working towards that.
“We are putting in place what we believe are the right measures that go towards meeting that objective.”
There was a rise in new arrivals from Poland, Spain, Italy and Portugal.