Long-term international net migration flows are this week’s focus.
The above graph shows net migration banded by nationality group.
In this case, British Citizens, countries within the EU, and non-EU countries. Net migration is essentially the number of people moving to a country, less the number of people moving away from the country.
Figures are rolling annual levels and are in thousands.
With the UK’s core cities heavily reliant on large international migration inflows to maintain growth, coming data releases will be closely monitored to establish if the largely anecdotal evidence regarding outflowing non-British UK residents is a permanent, or temporary trend.
The second major point from this graph is the post EU referendum data. Despite a significant reduction in the net flow from EU citizens (following the 2016 EU referendum) highlighted, the balance from this group was still a positive one (at the last data release - Y/E March 2020).
However, what is not so widely documented, is that this fall was comfortably countered by a large rise in net migration from non-EU countries during this period.