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5 things we learned from the UK’s latest migration data

EU citizens continue to add to the U.K. population, however EU net migration to Britain is nowhere near pre-Brexit referendum levels | Hollie Adams/Getty Images

5 things we learned from the UK’s latest migration data

Fewer EU nationals are moving to Britain and applying for citizenship, but for others, the UK remains an attractive destination to settle down.

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8/27/20, 2:11 PM CET

Updated 8/27/20, 5:53 PM CET

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As the U.K. approaches the end of the Brexit transition period and builds a new migration and visa system, new data released Thursday by the Office for National Statistics and the Home Office sheds light on how people and businesses are adapting and coping with the new normal.

1. EU net migration hasn’t recovered from the Brexit vote …

Although EU citizens continue to add to the U.K. population, EU net migration to Britain is nowhere near pre-Brexit referendum levels. In the year to March, just before the coronavirus lockdown was announced, 195,000 EU nationals moved to the U.K. with an intention of staying for at least a year, but 137,000 left the country. This means EU net migration stood at just 58,000, far less than in 2015 and early 2016, when it peaked at over 200,000.

2. … But the UK remains an attractive country for non-EU students

Overall, an additional 313,000 migrants moved to the U.K.

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