NIESR Press Note – NIESR reacts to latest Migration Statistics Quarterly Report

Published: 23rd August 2018

The National Institute’s Associate Research Director Dr Heather Rolfe said: “ONS migration statistics out today show a continuing downward trend in EU net migration. At 87,000 in the year ending March 2018 it stands at its lowest level since 2012. Since the referendum a number of trends have explained the fall in net EU migration. The current figures show a fall in citizens of western European countries coming to the UK with a job offer and a decline in citizens of EU8 countries coming to look for work.

Both of these trends are likely to reflect uncertainty about future immigration policy and caution on the part of potential migrants. The strong signal from British politicians is that free movement will end, and this will be being picked up by EU citizens interested in exercising their current rights.

The principles of new immigration policies need to be established soon, and these need to take account not only of the needs of employers and public opinion, but the preferences of people considering migrating to the UK to work in our key industries and services.”



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