Non-EU Migration vs EU Migration

New figures from The Office for National Statistics, show that net migration from the European Union has fallen to its lowest level in six years whilst migration from outside the UK is actually at its highest level since 2004.

The Office for National Statistics from the Home Office and Courts & Tribunals Service publish quarterly figures on the number of migrants coming to the UK, how immigration applications are processed and how many appeals are disposed of.

Impacts of Brexit

Net migration in the UK equates to the number of immigrants coming to live in the UK minus the number of emigrants The latest estimate is that overall net migration to the UK was 273,000 over the last 12 months.

It should be noted that the latest statistics issued show that there has been a considerable drop in net migration from the EU since the Brexit referendum, with more European migrants leaving and fewer arriving. By contrast however, there has been a rise in non-EU migration, meaning that the numbers have remained fairly steady over the past couple of years.

Moreover, the weakened pound and improving economic conditions in Europe may have made the UK less attractive to EU migrants, according to Oxford University's Migration Observatory.

The Immigration minister Caroline Nokes stated she was pleased migration had reduced and said the UK was "attracting and retaining highly skilled workers" and students who "bring significant benefits to our economy and universities".

Going on to say, "As we leave the EU we will put in place an immigration system which works in the best interests of the whole of the UK and further detail on that will be set out very soon,"

However, Matthew Fell, chief policy director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), had other views.

The net inflow from the EU is still roughly the size of the British Army, despite cries of alarm from industry over Brexit."

The figure have arisen  as the government prepares to release its planned proposals for an immigration system after Brexit - which has not only been delayed but also been described in very vague terms.