Labour's immigration legacy:
Huge rise in numbers allowed to stay and net migration
Reform: Immigration Minister Damian Green said the system is being overhauled
The number of foreigners settling in the UK rose by more than a fifth last year, despite growing unemployment figures.
After the jobless total hit 2.5million earlier this month, it was revealed today that 237,890 people were granted settlement in 2010.
The 22 per cent rise compared with 194,780 in the previous year and almost equals the record for a 12-month period of 238,950.
The number leaving the UK, either voluntarily or through enforced removals, fell to 57,085, the lowest in five years and 15 per cent down on 2009, the Office for National Statistics said.
Of those granted settlement, the number of asylum-related cases increased by almost two-thirds to 5,125, compared with 3,110 in 2009.
And the number of work-related cases was also up, rising four per cent to 84,370 compared with 81,185 the previous year.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said: 'These statistics reinforce once again why we are radically reforming the immigration system to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament.
'We will continue to exert steady downward pressure to ensure those who come and make a positive contribution to our society are welcomed, those who have no right to be here are refused and those who break our rules are removed.
have already introduced an annual limit on economic migration and
throughout 2011 will be proposing tighter restrictions on student,
marriage and settlement routes which have in the past been subject to
A warm welcome: Non-EU migration to the UK is almost at record levels
The quarterly immigration figures also showed while the number of foreigners given UK passports was down four per cent to 195,130, the figure remained higher than that seen in the years 2005 to 2007.
A total of 334,815 student visas were issued last year, down two per cent on 2009, and asylum applications also fell to their lowest in eight years, down by more than a quarter to 17,790 last year, compared with 24,485 in 2009 and 84,130 in 2002.
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