In­di­ans over­take Poles as big­gest mi­grant group

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Steve Doughty So­cial Af­fairs Cor­re­spon­dent

IN­DI­ANS have over­taken Poles as the big­gest im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tion in Britain, of­fi­cial fig­ures re­vealed yes­ter­day.

It is the first time since 2015 that Poland has not been the coun­try with the largest ex­pa­tri­ate pop­u­la­tion in the UK – and fol­lows a de­cline in im­mi­gra­tion from East­ern Europe.

The shift could mark a turn­ing point in the ebbing of the wave of EU im­mi­gra­tion that be­gan in the early 2000s after Tony Blair’s gov­ern­ment opened the doors.

The fig­ures, pub­lished by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS), showed im­mi­gra­tion has been run­ning at roughly the same level since 2016. In the year to the end of June 2019, the re­port found there were 212,000 more im­mi­grants into Britain than em­i­grants leav­ing. This means net mi­gra­tion was at its low­est level since 2013.

But the ONS – which has been re­think­ing its meth­ods fol­low­ing de­fec­tive mi­gra­tion counts – said lev­els over the past four years have been ‘broadly sta­ble’. How­ever, net mi­gra­tion from EU coun­tries alone has fallen to just 48,000, the low­est level since 2003. In the year to June, there were 837,000 In­dian-born mi­grants liv­ing in Britain in the pe­riod – over­tak­ing the 827,000 from Poland.

The ONS said: ‘In­dia is now the most com­mon non-UK coun­try of birth, the first time since 2015 that Poland has not been the most com­mon.’

The re­port found there were an es­ti­mated 533,000 peo­ple from Pak­istan liv­ing in Britain, 434,000 from Ro­ma­nia and 358,000 born in the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land.

There are a to­tal of 1.4mil­lion peo­ple from East­ern Euro­pean coun­tries.

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