Migration to Welwyn Hatfield drops since Brexit vote, figures show

PUBLISHED: 09:43 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:39 29 August 2018

Net migration to Welwyn Hatfield has fallen since Brexit. Picture: Radar.

Net migration to Welwyn Hatfield has fallen since Brexit. Picture: Radar.

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Net migration to Welwyn Hatfield has dropped since Brexit, official figures have shown.

The Office for National Statistics estimates that from July 2015 to June 2016, the month of the EU referendum, 1,525 more long-term migrants arrived from abroad in Welwyn Hatfield than left.

However, in the 12 months after Brexit that figure dropped by 854.

In total, 1,832 people moved to Welwyn Hatfield from abroad and 1,161 left, leaving the latest net migration figure at 671.

It means Welwyn Hatfield’s migrant population is still rising, but at a slower rate than before the referendum, and fewer people are emigrating from abroad while more are moving away.

While the Welwyn Hatfield figures do not give details of where migrants came from, the latest national figures for 2017-18 show EU migration is at its lowest level since 2012.

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, said: “The UK has clearly become a less attractive country for EU migrants since the referendum.

“The lower value of the pound means that workers coming here for higher wages are getting less than they were in the past, and economic conditions in many of the key EU countries of origin have improved a lot over the past few years.

“Uncertainty about the implications of Brexit may have played a role.”

Latest figures show that around 270,000 more people are coming to the UK than leaving, which is well above the government’s net migration target of 100,000.

According to the ONS, non-EU net migration to the UK is now almost three times higher than from the EU.

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