European Union immigration to Britain falls to five-year low, say ONS figures

Blanche Robertson
July 16, 2018

The overall net figure is nearly three times the government's target, which is to reduce net migration to under 100,000.

Separate statistics from the Labour Force Survey, for January to March 2018, show that there were 2.29 million European Union nationals working in the United Kingdom, 28,000 less than a year earlier - the first annual fall since 2010.

Overall net migration, the difference between those arriving and those leaving the United Kingdom, was 282,000, up 33,000 in a year.

While net migration continues to add to the United Kingdom population, that figure is down from record highs recorded in 2015 and early 2016.

The number of European Union citizens coming to the United Kingdom in 2017 was 240,000.

"Underlying this, immigration has remained broadly stable at around 630,000 and emigration has shown a gradual increase since 2015 and is now at around 350,000".

The number of European Union migrants coming to the United Kingdom in the year to December 2017 fell by 9,000 to 240,000, while the number leaving rose by 23,000 to 139,000.

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The number of non-EU citizens coming to the United Kingdom for work-related reasons was 87,000, up by 21,000 on the previous year, according to the data.

Overall net long-term migration, including arrivals and departures of non-EU nationals, was about 282,000 in 2017. Immigration has stayed roughly stable at about 630,000, the report showed.

The number has been falling since June 2016 and is now at a similar level to mid-2014.

In January, the home affairs select committee urged the government to drop the target on the grounds that failure to meet it "undermines" public trust.

Appearing before the committee last week, Javid failed to endorse the figures.

The number of immigrants moving from the European Union to Britain fell by a quarter to a five-year low last year.

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