Net immigration to the UK decreased by 106,000 which is an all-time largest yearly decrease ever since records are being kept. Nationals from EU accounted for 3/4th of the migrants who returned to their native nation. This is the first strong evidence of an exodus of migrants owing to Brexit – ‘Brexodus’.
The latest official statistics reveal that for the year ending June 2017 net immigration to the UK was 230, 000. This is a decrease of 106, 000, as quoted by the Guardian. The National Statistics Office in the UK revealed that 3/4th of the reduced 106, 000 migrants were accounted by EU nationals. It also revealed that in June 2016 when the referendum was held, net immigration figures were at peak with 336, 000.
The National Statistics Office in the UK further elaborated that there was a 29% increase in the numbers of EU nationals who quit the UK reaching 123, 000. 43, 000 of these said that they were going back home. This is the highest level of mass evacuation of EU nationals from the UK after the recession in 2008.
Since the last 12 months after the Brexit vote, numbers of EU immigrants have decreased by 19%. It has reached 230,000 from 284, 000. The highest decrease is amongst nationals of France, Germany, Spain, and Poland. National Statistics Office in the UK has said that the decrease could be due to economic transformation in the EU. This includes better job prospects and a decrease in the pound value.
The quarterly immigration statistics also reveal that lesser people are arriving in the UK for jobs. These numbers have decreased by more than 50% for the year ending June 2017.
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