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Migration in figures

The numbers of migrants, and migrant workers in particular, has reached record levels in the UK.

Over 1.5 million foreign workers were employed here in 2005, according to the Labour Force Survey.

This huge increase is mostly due to workers coming into the UK from the new EU member states in eastern Europe, especially Poland.

The Migration Research Unit at University College London has described the situation as "almost certainly the largest single wave of in-migration (with Poles the largest ever single national group of entrants) that the British Isles have ever experienced".

Graphic on migration

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