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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