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An official report has revealed that overall net migration to the United Kingdom has fallen considerably compared to last year numbers. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data reported that migrants from outside the EU are arriving to the UK has risen and EU migration has dropped to its lowest for 16 years.
It has been claimed that EU net migration fell from 74,000 people arriving to the United Kingdom to 48,000 in the year to June, as a consequence of consequence of reported improving wages and job prospects in countries like Poland and the lower value of the pound, encouraging workers to return to their home countries. The peak of EU migration trend was reached in 2015, when 219,000 EU migrants arrived to the United Kingdom, before the EU referendum.
On the other side of that trend, the number Non-EU migrants rose from 224,000 last year to 229,000 in the year to June, sparkled partly by a surge in foreign students coming to universities from countries including China and India. It is believed to be more than double the number six years ago, as per ONS.
There has been a gradual decrease, since 2016, in immigration for work, while people coming to the UK for study has gradually increased, the report also concludes. According to it, the fall in immigration for work has mainly been because of a decrease in EU citizens coming to the UK looking for work, particularly those from eight of the countries which joined the EU in 2004, including Poland.
The net migration was also brought down by the number of Britons leaving the Union, a figure that shows 65,000 expats in the year to June. It meant that the overall net migration rate fell by 37,000 from 249,000 to 212,000 in the year to June.
The Conservative party’s government plan has pledged to reduce net migration by ending freedom of movement and bringing into force an Australian-style points system to control immigration from both EU and non-EU countries.
The plan also includes barring EU citizens from claiming unemployment, housing and child benefit for five years, in a similar way applicable to current non-EEA migrants.
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, mentioned the 210,000 net migration was “unsustainable” and
“not what the British people want”. She pledged her Government’s plans for an Australian points-based system would return to the UK control over immigration. “We will be able to attract the best and the brightest and bring down overall numbers,” she said.
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