UK Net Migration ‘Dominated By Non-EU Citizens’
Countries outside the EU have contributed to more than three quarters of net migration in the UK during the last 25 years, according to a report by The Independent.
The findings go against many reports prior to the EU vote which claimed immigration from EU countries was out of control.
The Independent’s report focused on the EU exit not being able to bring levels of immigration down to the tens of thousands, as leave campaigners had claimed.
The newly appointed Home Secretary Amber Rudd would only commit to a pledge to reduce net migration to “sustainable levels” rather than an actual figure.
Lord Stuart Rose, chairman of “stay” campaigners Britain Stronger in Europe, said prior to the UK’s EU vote, that immigration “isn’t going to go away” if the country leaves.
Data gathered by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found there had been a minimal amount of immigration to the UK from the EU over the last 40 years. The Independent’s report said only 24 per cent of migration to the UK since 1990 can be attributed to Britain’s membership of the European Union.
Immigrants arriving from countries such as China, Pakistan and India have arrived in larger numbers and were more likely to remain in the UK, according to the report.
Figures also showed a higher number of people arriving in the UK to live from China, in comparison to people moving to the UK from Poland, where numbers have dropped sharply in recent years.