Net migration down slightly to 335,000 against previous year

Record high of 284,000 EU citizens migrated in year to June


Immigration has fallen slightly to 335,000 in the year to June 2016 compared to the same period the year before, according to Office For National Statistics figures out today.

The difference of around 1,000 is not considered a significant change, meaning the rate of migration in and out of the UK is basically stable.

However, the level of immigration – people entering Britain – was at a record high of 650,000.

A new peak of 284,000 EU citizens arrived in the UK in the year up to June, covering the period to the EU referendum and just after.

The government has taken Brexit as a verdict on immigration, with a renewed effort to cut numbers and free movement a sticking point in EU negotiations.

Growth forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility, released in the Autumn Statement, suggest curbs on EU migration could cost the UK economy £6 billion, according to Jonathan Portes of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

In the 12 months to March net migration dropped slightly to 327,000 but remains historically heigh and more than three times the government target of under 100,000.


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3 Responses to “Net migration down slightly to 335,000 against previous year”

  1. GodfreyR

    And there we have the root cause of :

    – lower British worker wages
    – longer queues for our NHS services
    – longer queues and cuts in our Local Authority services
    – higher housing costs and the housing crisis
    – greater threat from terrorism
    – major cultural costs in our inner-cities

  2. Marcus Heath

    The economy per head is what matters anyone can have a huge economy with a massive population. Doesn’t mean the standard of living is good, especially if everyone has to crowd into a small island. We simply cannot sustain this level of population growth, it is as simple as that.

  3. RayP

    The root cause of the items you listed above are:
    Wages – lower skilled British workforce
    NHS services – failure of GPs and hospitals to 1) check for eligibility under EU treaties 2) failure to pass the costs back to the home country.
    Queues and cuts in local services – down to the lack of funding from central government and inefficiencies.
    Higher housing costs – Buy to let, lack of regulation, very high birth rate. Relatively small increase in population due to immigration.
    Terrorism – Immigration controls will not stop this – get real.
    Cultural costs – One of the most crucial factors in the dynamism of any culture is the input of different cultures and ideas. It is our failure to integrate/educate these people and our xenophobia that is a large part of the problem.

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