Migration into Britain from outside EU hits highest level ever

Migration into Britain from outside EU hits highest level ever with 250,000 people in last year while numbers from Europe have also risen in same period

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 10:37 GMT, 27 February 2020 | Updated: 11:09 GMT, 27 February 2020

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The number of people moving to the UK from outside the European Union is now the highest on record, it was revealed today.

The Office for National Statistics' latest net migration estimates for the year to September 2019 show a year-on-year rise of 26,000 to 250,000. 

While arrivals from the EU have fallen since the Brexit vote in June 2016, the number of people coming to Britain from outside the bloc has gradually increased.  

Non-EU net migration has risen since 2013, while EU net migration has decreased since 2016

Non-EU net migration has risen since 2013, while EU net migration has decreased since 2016

Long-term immigration, emigration and net migration have stayed mostly stable since 2016

Long-term immigration, emigration and net migration have stayed mostly stable since 2016

EU net migration has fallen since 2016, but more EU citizens move to the UK than leave the UK

EU net migration has fallen since 2016, but more EU citizens move to the UK than leave the UK

The net migration figures for the year ending in September, which looked at people coming to the UK with the intention to stay for 12 months or more, were published today.

It showed net migration from non-EU countries hit 250,000 - the highest level since 2004 and up from 224,000 in September 2018.

Meanwhile EU net migration stood at 64,000, broadly similar to the 57,000 recorded a year earlier.

The figures are classed as experimental estimates after the ONS admitted last year it had been underestimating some EU net migration data since 2016.

A new 'points-based' system announced last week is set end EU free movement rights and make it virtually impossible for low-skilled workers to come to this country from abroad. 

This graph shows the fall in EU net migration since 2016 was a trend seen among all EU groups

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