Emigration From UK At Lowest Level Since 2001

By ExpatBriefing.com Editorial 02 December, 2013

The number of British citizens moving abroad has fallen to its lowest level since 2001 as of June 2013, according to statistics released by the Office for National Statistics on November 28, 2013.

The statistics show that in the year ending June 2013, 320,000 people emigrated from the United Kingdom, down from the 349,000 who emigrated in the previous year.

On the other hand, 503,000 people immigrated to the UK in the same period, compared with 517,000 in the previous year.

As a result, net migration to the UK, which is the difference between the number of people immigrating to the UK and those emigrating from the UK, reached 182,000, up from 167,000 in the preceding year. This is a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron's goal of lowering net migration to less than 100,000 before the next election in 2015.

Immigration of non-EU citizens to the UK in the period declined to 242,000 from 282,000, while the number of immigrants from the EU increased slightly from 158,000 to 183,000.

The number of Chinese citizens moving to the UK reached 40,000, the highest from any single country. Immigrants from India were the next most numerous, followed by those from Poland, the US, Australia and Spain.

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