Annual net migration to the UK rose by 20,000 to 333,000 in 2015 as a result of a drop in the number of British citizens emigrating, latest statistical figures show.

Data released from the Office for National Statistics(ONS) also showed only a slight increase in the immigration of EU citizens which was estimated to be 270,000 in 2015 compared with 264,000 the previous year.

For non-EU citizens immigrating there was a slight decrease in 2015 compared with 2014.

The ONS said in the year ending December 2015, a record high of 308,000 people immigrated for work, which is an increase of 30,000 from the previous year.

The ONS said the rise in net immigration was driven by a fall in the number of British citizens emigrating abroad, which was down 14,000 to 123,000.

The number of people coming to Britain on a short-term basis was far higher than the number of UK citizens leaving to live abroad for less than 12 months.

Glen Watson, deputy national statistician, said: “Both figures include a large proportion of visits under three months and a large proportion of visits to see family or friends and holidays,” he said.

“These figures are useful for giving a detailed picture of UK migration trends, but simply adding together long-term and short-term migration figures does not give a reliable estimate of overall migration,” he added.

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