MIGRATION is still at record highs as the number of non-EU arrives soars – even as Europeans stay away.
The latest stats from the ONS showed that fewer EU citizens are coming to Britain than any time since 2009 – but overall migration numbers are steady.
More people came from countries around the world for work and study, making it the most people coming from outside of the EU since 2004.
EU migration was at its lowest level in a decade at 57,000 – with more EU8 citizens leaving than coming here.
More students are coming than people coming over to work too, the data showed.
Ministers have said that all EU citizens in the UK should apply to remain after Brexit, but the moves have still put off many people living and working here.
The sliding value of the pound means wages for EU citizens will also be worth less back home.
283,000 more people came to the UK than left in the year to September, it showed.
627,000 people in total moved to the UK, but 345,000 people left.
And separate figures showed the number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship hit an all-time high last year, rising 23 per cent to around 48,000.
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Jay Lindop, Director of the Centre for International Migration at the ONS said: Due to increasing numbers arriving for work and study, non-EU net migration is now at the highest level since 2004.”
And Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said it was hugely concerning to see that migration remained so high.
He said: “It is a real concern that non-EU net migration has risen still further to more than a quarter of a million even before the government has implemented its proposals to loosen the work permit system.
“It’s no surprise that EU net migration has fallen further given the extraordinary uncertainty prevailing over Brexit.”
Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, said: “The overall story the data tell on EU migration is clear: Britain is not as attractive to EU migrants as it was a couple of years ago.”
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