LONDON (Reuters) – Net migration of European Union residents into Britain fell to its lowest stage since 2012 within the 12 months to March, however this was greater than outweighed by a file inflow of non-EU residents forward of Brexit, official information confirmed on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: UK Border management is seen in Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London June four, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo
The Office for National Statistics mentioned 87,000 extra EU residents moved to Britain than left it throughout the 12 months to March 2018, down from 123,000 a 12 months in the past, marking the bottom web migration determine because the 12 months ending in December 2012.
Net migration of EU nationals into Britain has fallen markedly since voters, many motivated by a want to cut back immigration, opted to depart the bloc in a June 2016 referendum.
Business teams, nonetheless, fear that firms will discover it more durable to rent the workers they want.
“These figures are nothing to celebrate, and given businesses are facing record skills gaps at every level it’s disappointing to see the decline in people from Europe coming here to work,” Jane Gratton, head of business atmosphere and expertise on the British Chambers of Commerce, mentioned.
Thursday’s information confirmed extra EU nationals from the eight east European international locations that joined the EU in 2004 left Britain than entered for the primary time in data courting again 10 years.
Romanians and Bulgarians — who have solely had an unrestricted proper to work in Britain since 2014 — accounted for greater than half of web EU migration to Britain.
Overall web migration into Britain rose to 271,000 within the 12 months to March, up 28,000 on a 12 months in the past.
That mirrored web migration of 235,000 non-EU nationals — a file excessive.
But the ONS mentioned that “an unusual pattern of non-EU student immigration” had affected the figures for the 12 months to March 2017, making significant comparisons with the most recent 12 months troublesome.
“Longer-term trends should instead be considered,” the ONS mentioned. Net migration of non-EU nationals into Britain has been on a steadily rising path because the 12 months ending December 2015.
Britain’s government has mentioned it’s dedicated to bringing web migration into Britain right down to the tens of hundreds.
Reporting by Andy Bruce, enhancing by David Milliken and Jane Merriman