Data shows that net migration is continuing to add to the UK population despite Brexit and growing global populism.
The yearly statistics collected and released by the Office for National Statistics has revealed today that net migration to the UK is continuing at a steady pace, although EU migration is at its lowest point since 2012. Over the entire year, 650,000 people moved to the UK whilst 351,000 left the UK.
Jay Lindop, Director of the Centre for International Migration, Office for National Statistics, said: “Net migration continues to add to the population and has remained fairly stable since its peak in 2016, with around 270,000 more people coming to the UK than leaving in the year ending June 2018.
“However, there are different patterns for EU and non-EU migration. Due to increasing numbers arriving for work and study, non-EU net migration is now at the highest level since 2004. In contrast, EU net migration, while still adding to the population as a whole, is at the lowest since 2012.”
Asian citizens moving to the UK for work and study showed the highest increase in migration levels over the last year. Study-wise, Chinese and Indian nationals being issues study visas drove a 7% increase in those coming to the UK to study.
This has been reflected in the rapid increase of cooperation between Chinese and British universities which makes it far easier for Chinese students to attend university here. An example is the University of Birmingham which is the first Russel Group University to accept the Chinese GAOKAO examination.
University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor David Eastwood said: “We are further opening access to Birmingham’s wealth of educational opportunities for the brightest and most dedicated Chinese students by accepting this rigorous and important qualification. I look forward to welcoming these high-flying students to the University of Birmingham.”