Indians are the largest non-EU immigrants in the UK according to the latest statistics revealed today. The National Statistics Office in the UK revealed that between June 2017 and July 2016 305, 000 Indians settled in the UK.
On the other hand, overall immigration to the UK has decreased in the last one year. Indians emerging as the largest non-EU immigrants in the UK makes India the most common immigrant nationality in the UK after EU nations. These include Republic of Ireland, Romania, and Poland.
For the 12 month period between June 2017 and July 2016 572, 000 migrants arrived in the UK. Meanwhile, 342, 000 people quit the UK, as quoted by the New Indian Express. Migration to the UK specifically reduced by 80,000. 3/4th of this decrease was due to lesser EU nationals arriving in the UK to live.
The ONS statistics revealed that net immigration to the UK reduced by 106, 000 to reach 230,000 in this one-year duration. Net immigration is the difference between numbers of individuals arriving in the UK for more than 1 year and the numbers of individuals exiting the UK for 1 year or more.
The opposition Labor Party has said that it is high time Tories abandon their senseless immigration targets. The Conservative Party had said that it aims to reduce net immigration below 100,000. However, May had said after June elections this year that the reduction was not possible in the near future.
The percentage of non-EU nationals exiting the UK has remained stable in the last one year. But the number of EU nationals exiting the UK has increased almost by a third. A section of the UK media has termed this trend as “Brexodus”.
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