Thursday, 24 August 2017

Net migration falls lowest level as EU citizens leave UK



Net migration to the UK has fallen to the lowest level for three years as thousands of EU citizens have left the country after the Brexit referendum.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed net migration stood at 246,000 in the year ending in March 2017 - down 81,000 compared to the previous 12 months.


More than half the drop was due to an increase in the number of EU citizens leaving Britain and fewer arriving.


Net migration of EU citizens fell by 51,000 to 127,000 - its lowest lever since December 2013.


The number of EU citizens leaving the country increased by 33,000 year-on-year to 122,000 - the highest outflow for nearly a decade.


Departures saw a particularly sharp rise - 17,000 - in citizens from the so-called EU8, a group of countries that joined the bloc in 2004: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.





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