How fitting that on the day Angela Merkel pops in to London to natter about EU reform, new figures show a big increase in net migration driven by a rise in immigration from within the European Union to the UK.

Net migration in the year to September 2013 rose from 154,000 the previous year to 212,000. This morning, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that it was ‘absolutely the objective’ to reduce net migration to below 100,000 by 2015. But today’s figures are a blow to the government’s chances of doing that.

The problem is that while the Home Office is doing its best to control what it can control – non-EU migration fell to 141,000 last year – what it cannot control is out of control. The chart below shows a big rise in EU migration, with numbers doubling in a year.

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