Num­ber of mi­grants down 20% in 12 months af­ter Brexit vote

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of for­eign­ers mov­ing to Birm­ing­ham plum­meted af­ter the Brexit ref­er­en­dum, fig­ures have re­vealed.

Some 14,163 ‘long-term’ in­ter­na­tional mi­grants – de­fined as those who stay for at least a year – ar­rived in the city from over­seas be­tween mid-2016 and mid2017, ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates pub­lished by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS).

That was down 3,556 on the pre­vi­ous year, when 17,719 peo­ple ar­rived.

The Brexit ref­er­en­dum took place in June 2016 – right at the start of the pe­riod be­ing mea­sured.

The data shows that the num­ber of peo­ple leav­ing Birm­ing­ham to move abroad long-term also fell.

Be­tween mid-2016 and mid2017, 5,898 peo­ple did so – down from 6,879 the pre­vi­ous year.

The fig­ures do not re­veal how many of those 5,898 were for­eign-born, or the coun­tries they moved to.

It means net long-term in­ter­na­tional mi­gra­tion to the city dropped from 10,840 in the 12 months to mid-2016, to 8,265 in the 12 months to mid-2017.

The trend in Birm­ing­ham was repli­cated in other parts re­gion, and the country.

The num­ber of long-term in­ter­na­tional mi­grants ar­riv­ing in the wider West Mid­lands dropped by 9,566 from 54,885 in the year to mid-2016, to 45,319 in the year to mid-2017.

There were a num­ber of places where the num­ber of peo­ple leav­ing the UK long-term out­stripped the num­ber of peo­ple ar­riv­ing.

The ONS fig­ures are, ul­ti­mately, an es­ti­mate, since statis­ti­cians have no way of mea­sur­ing the ex­act num­ber of for­eign­ers ar­riv­ing in each town or city.

The es­ti­mates are based on a num­ber of sources in­clud­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for Na­tional In­surance num­bers and reg­is­tra­tions at GP surg­eries.

The fig­ures do not in­clude for­eign­ers mov­ing to Birm­ing­ham from another part of the UK. That is classed as “in­ter­nal”, rather than in­ter­na­tional mi­gra­tion. of the

>The num­ber of ‘long-term’ mi­grants has fallen since 2016

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