Migration from the European Union (EU) to the United Kingdom (UK) is at its lowest point since 2013, according to annual figures from the British statistics agency ONS, which ran until March of this year. Despite the decline, more Europeans are still moving to the UK than the other way around.
In total, 200,000 inhabitants of the European mainland moved to the British island, while 141,000 British took the opposite route. So net 59,000 Europeans were added to the UK.
The numbers of EU citizens who emigrate to the UK have fallen since the Brexit referendum in 2016. At the same time, emigration from the UK to mainland Europe has been increasing since the referendum.
The statistics office in particular sees a decline in the number of Central and Eastern Europeans in the country. In a year, the number of people with this background fell below the line with seven thousand people.
A total of 226,000 people moved to the UK between March 2018 and March 2019, the lowest point since 2013. Net immigration from non-EU countries continued to grow steadily, since 2013 these figures have been on the rise.