August 17, 2016
Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:
These figures represent a milestone in EU migration to Britain. We now have over one million workers who were born in the EU8 countries of Eastern Europe, nearly a million from the EU14 and already a quarter of a million from Romania and Bulgaria. The pressures that this massive migration has placed on local communities go a long way to explaining the outcome of the referendum. The new statistics underline why it is essential not just to regain control of our borders but also to reduce net migration significantly.
It is also important to realise that some 80% of EU migrants are in lower skilled employment. Migration into lower-skilled work is not of particular benefit to the UK economy. Indeed the Migration Advisory Committee did not find any positive impact on UK-born employment rates, fiscal contribution, GDP per head or productivity.
To see the full ONS release click here. The data table can be found here.
To read the Migration Advisory Committee document, published July 2016, click here.