Net migration to the UK from non-EU countries has increased to its highest level for last 15 years

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Net migration continues to add to the population of the UK as an estimated 283,000 more people moved to the UK with an intention to stay 12 months or more than left in the year ending September 2018. Over the year, 627,000 people moved to the UK (immigration) and 345,000 people left the UK (emigration), in total Net Migration is 282,000 people, the Office for National Statistics revealed the latest figures.

Figures show 261,000 more non-EU citizens came to the UK than left in the year ending September 2018 – the highest for the last 15 years.

For Instance, net migration from EU countries has fall to a level last seen in 2009. The figures are the last set before the UK is due to leave the EU (BEXIT) next month. However, separate figures released by the Home Office show the number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship hit an all-time high last year, rising by 23% to about 48,000.

Immigration to the UK for work has fallen to its lowest level since 2014, one of the reasons are fall in the number of EU citizens arriving to work. The overall number of people arriving in the UK to study has increased, with non-EU student immigration at its highest level since 2011.

Citizens of longer-term EU member states including French, German, Italian and Spanish citizens increasingly add to the population of Britain with a net migration of 47,000. The ONS put this down to immigration for study and work.

“Different patterns for EU and non-EU migration have emerged since mid-2016, when the EU referendum vote took place.”

Overall, net migration, immigration and emigration figures have remained broadly stable since the end of 2016, the ONS said.

Minister for Immigration, Caroline Nokes, said that the Government is dedicated to a “controlled and sustainable” migration and was positive about the overall drop in net migration from its height of 370,000 in 2016.