According to the new data collation released from the Office for National Statistics, migration in non-EU countries been the highest in more than ten years, while the total migration from EU to the UK has decreased to the lowest count ever in the last six years.
74,000 more citizens of EU have left to the UK than those travelling to other European Union countries. Since 2012, this Immigration statistics has been the lowest in EU’s entire net Immigration estimate. Also, it is the lowest level of Immigration since 2014.
ONS data has shown that since 2004, non-EU total migration was at its peak, with about 248,000 non-EU citizens entering than those leaving the UK.
The conservative who resigned from the government due to its Brexit’s strategy, MP Philip Lee said that in the country, the EU nationals are the main supporters of the essential public services. Hence, He noted that they should not sit back and watch Brexit damage their vital public services like their NHS because, in 2016, that was not what the leave voters were promised.
The net migration dropped by 14,000 from the EU A8 countries (the Czech Republic and Poland), that joined the Bloc in 2004. Net migration in A2 countries (Bulgaria and Romania) nearly reduced to half, which is 34,000 within two years ever since the referendum.
The net migration of the EU-15 immigrants from older member states in the Union like Spain, Germany, and Italy, dropped from 84,000 in that year to June 2016, and 47,000 around a similar period this year.
Oxford University’s Director of Migration Observation, Madeleine Sumption, stated that ever since the referendum, the EU migrants had been departing in larger numbers and there had also been a decrease in the net inflow. She added that the lesser value of the pound is probably a factor that had made the UK a less attractive place to work and live and the top countries for EU migrants had improved economic conditions.
Based on data, it appears that the net rate of EU migration is three times less than the net rate of non-EU migration. About two years ago, the long-term net International migration was 330,000 but had dropped to 273,000 this year.
Drop in migration from European Union Countries
The director of ONS’s center for international migration, Jay Lindop said that the total migration had continued to cause an increase in the population and has stayed relatively stable since it reached its peak in 2016. Nevertheless, the director added that there is a various pattern for both EU and non-EU migration. The increase in the number of people coming for study and work, the total non-EU migration is currently at its peak, since 2004.
The report from ONS reveals that the decline was induced by a reduction in the migration from the eastern A8 European countries. Particularly for Asian citizens, there has been an increase in the amount of non-EU immigration for study and work in the most recent year.
Sumption urged that non-EU data should be handled with caution, adding that they had doubts about the preciseness of the non-EU net migration statistics. She also said that the other sources were not in support of the fact that the non-EU citizens are contributing so much.
Diane Abott, the secretary of the shadow home, mentioned that the information reinforces the perspective of the government’s total migration goal as being reckless and foolish because the target has never been met, not even once and non-EU migration alone exceeds it.
The figures arrived at the government made preparations to release its prolonged proposals for the post-Brexit system of Immigration in the UK.
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