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Indians no longer biggest migrant community in UK, Romanians lead

In 2015, some 54,000 Romanians had shifted base to Britain, while some 36,000 Indians migrated to the country during the period.


Indians no longer biggest migrant community in UK, Romanians lead

London: Romania has overtaken India to emerge as the biggest migrant community in Britain, according to the latest UK figures.

In 2015, some 54,000 Romanians had shifted base to Britain, while some 36,000 Indians migrated to the country during the period, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said.

"Immigration levels are now among the highest estimates recorded. The inflow of EU citizens is also at historically high levels and similar to the inflow of non-EU citizens," PTI quoted Nicola White, head of ONS, as saying.

"These long-term immigration figures run up to the end of June, so it is too early to say what effect, if any, the EU referendum has had on long-term international migration," she added.

The issue of immigration is believed to be one of the major issues that influenced the Brexit vote in the June 23rd referendum.

The annual net migration to Britain before the vote was pegged at 335,000.

The UK government plans to limit the migration to "tens of thousands".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is committed to bring down the net immigration to sustainable levels, the report quoted a government spokesperson as saying.

This year's mammoth migration of people to Britain was due to the influx of EU nationals to the country – pegged at 650,000 for the year until June 2016.

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