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UK migration still at near record highs

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>> Teresa May says Britain's Brexit vote was a message for fewer immigrants, and it looks like those voters could get what they want. Figures out on Thursday showing net migration fell slightly in the year to March to 327,000. The first day to dump on immigration since the vote, and while it's still way over the government's target by three times, Brexit means the new British prime minister can do something about it.
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According to Reuters' correspondent, Kylie McKellen.>> The government has promised to bring that migration down to the tens of thousands, and these figures put out 327,000. The government hasn't yet set out what it plans to do. There's been some media reports today that they might look to bring in permits for low skilled workers, but it will be at the key part of the Brexit negotiations going forward.
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>> The most common reason for coming to Britain from the EU was work, with people from Bulgaria and Romania top of the list. The migrant crisis doesn't seem to have affected numbers, most refugees coming through Europe from countries like Syria don't come as far as Britain. And it's too early to say whether the EU referendum made a difference.
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>> So these figures go as far as March. So we don't yet know what happened in the immediate run up if there was a last minute rush on people trying to get in before the vote. Or even if there was a rush after the vote people thinking if they came now, if there was any cut off they might still be within that.
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So the figures are released quarterly, so the next release we will get will include the three months before the June vote. So we'll have to wait for those to see whether there was any impact.>> Though leaving the EU could theoretically give Theresa May total control over UK migration, it all hangs in negotiations ahead of article 50 being triggered.
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Britain may have to compromise to keep access to the single market, and even then, some may see the government's migration targets as unrealistic.