EU migration to UK lowest since 2009 as Brexit approaches

Disused buildings, machinery and land is seen at the passenger terminal area of the Port of Ramsgate, three months ahead of the scheduled date for the UK to leave the EU.
Tourist viewing binoculars are seen above the disused passenger terminal of the Port of Ramsgate in Kent, southeast Britain, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

February 28, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – Net migration to Britain from the European Union fell to its lowest level since 2009 at 57,000 in the year to September 2018, official data showed on Thursday.

By contrast, net migration of non-EU citizens rose to 261,000, the highest estimate since 2004.

In total, some 283,000 more people moved to Britain than left it during the year to September 2018, the largest net migration figure in nearly a year, the Office for National Statistics said.

(Writing by Andy Bruce; Editing by William Schomberg)

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