EU-UK immigration at lowest level for four years

20 Jul 2018 | Posted by Carl Thomas

The number of people moving from the EU to the UK was at its lowest level in four years in 2017, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

However, there has been a noticeable rise in the number of people coming from outside the EU, the figures have revealed, with net migration at its highest since 2011.

Overall, the net migration figures showed that the difference between the number of people coming to live in the UK for at least 12 months and those emigrating was 282,000.

The ONS figures showed that there were 101,000 net migrants from the EU in 2017 and 227,000 from outside the EU. Additionally, there was found to be a record number of EU citizens emigrating from the UK, with an estimated 139,000 leaving in 2017.

Furthermore, it was revealed that the number of EU citizens coming to Britain seeking work had decreased by one third, while those coming to the UK with a definite job already in place remained stable.

Commenting on the study, UK immigration minister Caroline Noakes said: "What these statistics show is that more of the people who are coming to the UK are coming for the reasons we would want - to take up a definite job or to study.”