May 24, 2019 / 8:47 AM / 24 days ago

Net immigration to Britain falls to 5-year low in 2018

LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) - Long-term immigration to Britain fell to a five-year low last year, driven by a fall in the number of migrants from the European Union, official figures showed on Friday.

The number of people moving to Britain for more than a year, minus those leaving, sank to 258,000 in the 12 months to December 2018 from 285,000 in 2017, the lowest for a calendar year since 2013.

“Since 2016, the pattern of migration to the UK for work has been changing. Long-term immigration to the UK for work has fallen, mainly driven by the decline in EU arrivals,” ONS statistician Jay Lindop said. (Reporting by David Milliken, editing by Alistair Smout)

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