Net Migration Falls To Below 250,000

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported a fall of 84,000 in net migration.

Net migration - the difference between the number of people coming to the UK for more than a year, and the number of people leaving the UK for a year or more – was estimated to be 248,000 in 2016.

The last time net migration was below 250,000 was in the year to March 2014.

The ONS said the change was driven by "a statistically significant" increase of people, most of which were EU citizens, leaving the country.

In 2016, 117,000 people emigrated from the UK, an increase of 31,000 from 2015.

The total number of non-EU citizens moving to the UK in 2016 was 264,000. A further 250,000 EU citizens moved to the UK last year.

Work remains the most common reason for international migration in 2016, with 275,000 people coming into the UK for work; a decrease of 33,000 from 2015.

The reduced figure remains well short of the Conservatives' net migration aim of "tens of thousands", which they have promoted since 2010.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said: "It's good that the overall figure has come down now by nearly a quarter in a year.

"We're determined to make sure that we do continue to reduce the overall net migration number."

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