04/11/2004

Third annual fall recorded in migration to UK

The number of people migrating to the UK has fallen for the third year running, according to statistics released today.

New international migration estimates published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that overall 151,000 more people migrated to the UK than leaving it in 2003.

This was slightly lower than the estimate of 153,000 in 2002 and estimates of between 162,000 and 172,000 per year in the preceding three years.

Migrating to the UK In 2003 were 14,200 EU citizens, 107,300 from old and new Commonwealth countries, and 114,800 citizens of other foreign countries.

The estimated number of people arriving to live in the UK for at least a year was 513,000, the same as in 2002.

The number of people leaving the UK to live elsewhere increased slightly from 359,000 in 2002 to a record 362,000 in 2003.

(gmcg/sp)

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