New quarterly migration statistics released today by the ONS show a big fall in EU net migration to the UK.
Net long-term international migration was estimated to be +230,000 in the year ending June 2017, down 106,000 since the year ending June 2016. Over three-quarters of the decrease in net migration can be accounted for by EU citizens (down 82,000 to +107,000 – a statistically significant decrease). EU immigration to the UK was down by 54,000, whilst EU emigration out of the UK was up by 28,000.
Commenting, Chris Bryant MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“The Brexodus continues. Our economy and our currency are weak, EU nationals have been sent letters from the Home Office telling them they will be deported, and the Government has failed to guarantee the rights of EU nationals. All of this has made Britain a less attractive place to live and work.
“It is no surprise that tens of thousands of EU nationals have left our country in the past year, and that fewer people want to come here to contribute to our society and our economy. This is already damaging our NHS, our universities and our industries and is hitting tax receipts, meaning less money for public services.
“The best way to cut immigration is to crash the economy, which the Government seems hell bent on doing. The Prime Minister must change course before it’s too late – that means dropping the dangerous and counterproductive net migration target, protecting the rights of all those who have made their home in Britain, and fighting to stay in the Single Market.”
Notes to Editors
The full ONS migration statistics can be found here.