November 30, 2017
Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:
This is a significant and very welcome reduction in net migration – especially by EU citizens who do not have a job to come to. It points to what could be achieved once the UK regains full control over migration. Meanwhile, employers who raise cries of alarm should be reminded that we still have a net inflow of over a hundred thousand from the EU, plus 170,000 from outside the EU and last week's figures saw a new record of 2.4 million for the number of EU workers in the UK.
Note to editors:
See full ONS net migration statistics for the year to June 2017.
The latest ONS statistics on employment by country of birth put the number of EU-born in the UK labour force at just over 2.4 million for the most recent quarter.