UK net migration hits record high

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Net migration to Britain rose to a record 252,000 in 2010, despite the government’s target to bring it down to “tens of thousands”, according to the latest annual figures.

The Office for National Statistics figures give a crumb of comfort for ministers in that they show a slight fall in the first three months of 2011, with net migration dipping to 243,000. But the drop will have to accelerate if ministers are to hit their target of bringing net migration down below 100,000 by the next election.

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