Net Migration To UK Falls To lowest For Three Years As EU Citizens Leave |RN

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Net migration to the UK has fallen to the lowest level for three years after a surge in the number of EU nationals leaving the country.

Official estimates show the overall measure – the difference between arrivals and departures – was at 246,000 in the year to the end of March, a fall of 81,000 compared with the previous 12 months.

The Office for National Statistics said more than half of the change can be accounted for by a 51,000 decrease in net migration of EU citizens.

Emigration of EU citizens increased by 33,000 year on year to 122,000 – the highest outflow for nearly a decade.

There was a particularly sharp rise, of 17,000, in departures of citizens from the so-called EU8 countries which joined the union in 2004 – Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

At the same time, there was a 19,000 decrease in immigration from the EU, although this was not “statistically significant”.

Nicola White, head of international migration statistics at the ONS, said: “We have seen a fall in net migration driven by an increase in emigration, mainly for EU citizens and in particular EU8 citizens, and a decrease in immigration across all groups.

“International migration for work remains the most common reason for migration with people becoming increasingly likely to move to the UK or overseas only with a definite job than to move looking for work.

“These results are similar to 2016 estimates and indicate that the EU referendum result may be influencing people’s decision to migrate into and out of the UK, particularly EU and EU8 citizens.

“It is too early to tell if this is an indication of a long-term trend.”

Net long-term migration estimates reflect the balance between the numbers coming to the UK or leaving for at least 12 months.

The overall figure of 246,000, which includes migration from outside the EU, is the lowest since the year ending March 2014.

EU net migration was estimated at 127,000 in the year to March, a dip of 51,000 in the previous 12 months.

The figure for the rest of the world was also down, by 14,000, to 179,000.

Separate population figures for 2016 revealed that the number of Polish nationals living in the UK has passed the one million mark for the first time.

Last year around one in seven residents were born abroad, and one in 11 had a non-British nationality.

Another dataset released on Thursday showed that more than a quarter (28.2%) of births in England and Wales were to women born outside the UK, the highest level on record.

Statisticians said that despite an overall decline in the number of births between 2015 and 2016, births to mothers born overseas increased by 2.1% as foreign-born women make up an increasing share of the female population of childbearing age.

Brent in north-west London was the local authority area with the highest percentage of births to non-UK-born women, at more than three quarters (76.0%).   (Press Association)

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37,000 Nigerians Emigrated To Italy In 2016, Says Italian Speaker

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                      President, Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, Mrs. Laura Boldrini

John Ameh, Abuja

Thirty-seven thousand Nigerians emigrated to Italy in 2016 alone, the President, Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, Mrs. Laura Boldrini, disclosed in Abuja on Monday.

She spoke during a visit to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, at the National Assembly, Abuja.

The chamber of deputies is the equivalent of the House of Representatives in Italy.

Italy too has an upper chamber, the Senate.

Boldrini, who condemned terrorism, said Italy commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts in securing freedom for 82 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

She added that the parliament in Italy was ready to support Nigeria where possible in the rehabilitation programme for the victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

She also said Italy was against trafficking in persons, especially the girl child, stating that in 2016, the total number of Nigerians who arrived in her country was 37,000.

Boldrini added, “We support unified efforts for both countries to check terrorism. Italy stands by Nigeria’s side to combat terrorism.

“We do appreciate your efforts and believe that since terrorism is a threat to the entire world, we need to join forces in this regard.”

On the provision of aid to terrorism victims, she added, “It is important that the international community continues to provide funding, to get resources for those in need so that they don’t cut aid for victims of terrorism in this country.”

On his part, Dogara called for economic empowerment and education for the citizenry in poorer countries to contain terrorism and illegal migration.

Concerning Nigerians who risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean in a bid to get to Europe, Dogara said Italy and Nigeria must work together to address the problem.

He stated, “One of the problems giving rise to all these challenges is the lack of economic opportunities. The problem is that someone will really have to run out of hope for him to undertake this type of tortuous journey that traverses the Sahara Desert and even cross the Mediterranean to get to Europe.”

“It means that there is general loss of hope. The truth is that for us to deal with terrorism, illegal migration, trafficking and cross-border crimes, we have to address the issue of bringing prosperity to sister countries so that citizens are catered for and jobs are provided.”          (

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