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Q&A: Conservatives and Ukip focus on immigration

Net migration to the UK has not been below 100,000 since the turn of the century.

The Conservatives and Ukip have both made major announcements on immigrationWhat are the current levels?

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Net migration to the UK.

The latest figures showed that net migration – the difference between those entering and leaving Britain – was 273,000 people for the year to September, the first time it has dropped below 300,000 in two years.

What is the Government’s target?

The Conservative manifesto in 2010 pledged to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, so below 100,000.

Have they met this target?

No – net migration to the UK has not been below 100,000 since the turn of the century.

Where do the Tories stand?

Theresa May has confirmed the Conservative manifesto will repeat the pledge to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, saying this was “sustainable levels”.

What about the other parties?

Ukip has outlined plans for a “one in, one out” approach that would reduce net migration to zero. Labour will set out its policy next week, while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said his party would not set “arbitrary” targets.

How will immigration change after Brexit?

Britain will be able to end the free movement of people into Britain from the European Union, which Mrs May says will help reduce overall numbers.

How much of an impact will that have?

Around half the people that come to Britain every year currently come from the EU.

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