Mass migration has continued, with new figures from the Office for National Statistics today showing that net migration for the year ending September 2018 was running at 283,000.
627,000 people arrived in one year including 85,000 Brits, 202,000 EU migrants and 340,000 non-EU migrants. The government are still a million miles away from the tens of thousands net migration they promised the public for years.
— ONS (@ONS) February 28, 2019
Non-EU net migration is the highest it has been since 2004, with 261,000 more non-EU migrants coming to the UK than leaving. Non-EU student immigration is at its highest level since 2011.
Meanwhile EU migration is still adding to the population as a whole but has fallen to the lowest level since 2009. 57,000 more EU citizens coming to the UK than left in the year ending September 2018.
The Chairman of Migration Watch UK, Lord Green, responded to the figures by saying: “It is a real concern that non-EU net migration has risen still further to more than a quarter of a million even before the government has implemented its proposals to loosen the work permit system. It’s no surprise that EU net migration has fallen further given the extraordinary uncertainty prevailing over Brexit.”
Millions voted for Brexit because they wanted to take back control of Britain’s borders and slash migration. The government must deliver that.