Aug 21, 2019

EU migration to UK 'underestimated' by ONS

The level of migration from the EU to the UK has been underestimated by the Office for National Statistics from the mid-2000s to 2016. Immigration experts at the University of Oxford said the latest ONS analysis showed official data has been "Systematically underestimating net migration from EU countries". The ONS said new analysis showed that in 2015-16, EU net migration - the difference between people arriving and leaving - was 16% higher than first thought. Net migration from outside the EU was 13% lower, because more foreign students left than previously estimated. Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, said its monitoring of net migration figures had shown "For a while that something wasn't quite right".

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