Friday 2 December 2016

Net Migration Is Higher Than Ever


Net migration is now considering to be at highest level than it was previously before.

The Office for National Statistics says 284,000 EU citizens moved to the UK in the year to June, up from 265,000 in the previous 12 months.

Total immigration to Britain worldwide also reached its highest recorded level at 650,000, up 11,000 on the year before.

Those figures do not factor in Brits who've reduced the population by moving abroad.

The traditional figure that does factor in emigrating Brits - long-term net migration to the UK - dropped by 1,000 to 335,000.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott argued the data was "flawed in many ways".

But she said Theresa May's shambolic pledge to cut net migration below 100,000 remains in tatters.

It has rocketed 33% from 252,000 in 2010 when Mrs May became Home Secretary.

Net migration was still a rise on the last quarterly figure, 327,000 in the 12 months to March, it remains close to peak levels.

Even the bit ministers can control - total immigration from outside the EU - is at 289,000, similar to last year.

The Tories' ill-fated bid to get the net figure below 100,000 has been mired in controversy as ministers refuse to abandon it.

Cobra beer founder Lord Bilimoria previously said: "The target is a ridiculous target. It is not an economically literate target. In fact the government’s approach to immigration is economically illiterate.

Yet Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the Tory conference the 100,000-a-year pledge was "absolutely fine".

That was despite admitting she did not know when it would happen and saying immigration was a "good thing".

The figures emerged in the Office for National Statistics' provisional statistics for the year to June 2016.

The new figures are also likely to spark fresh debate over the reach of free movement controls after Brexit .

Romania was the most common country of last residence for the first time in 2015, making up 10% of all immigrants, after work restrictions were relaxed.



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