August 24, 2017 / 8:50 AM / 4 months ago

EU citizens leaving UK pushes down net migration

LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Net migration to Britain in the year to March 2017 fell by 81,000 to 246,000 people, with more than half the drop due to an increase in the number of EU citizens leaving Britain and fewer arriving, official data showed on Thursday.

Net migration of European Union citizens fell by 51,000 to its lowest level since the twelve months to the end of December 2013.

Britain’s Conservative government has consistently failed to meet an election promise to reduce the numbers to the ‘tens of thousands’, spurring concerns about immigration which pushed many Britons to back Brexit in a referendum last year. (Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Kate Holton)

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