EU net migration to UK falls to lowest since 2012

Net migration from the European Union to the UK has fallen to the lowest level in nearly six years.

Official statistics show an estimated 74,000 more EU nationals came to live in the country for at least 12 months than left in the year to June.

The figure is the lowest since the year ending September 2012, when it stood at 65,000.

Non-EU net migration was at its highest since 2004, with 248,000 more non-EU citizens arriving than departing, the Office for National Statistics said.

Overall, net long-term international migration was 273,000.

This is down from record levels of around a third of a million two years ago, but still almost three times the Government’s target of less than 100,000.