Net migration in EU has dropped drastically to the lowest it has been since 2009, as nationals from Eastern and Central European Countries leave Britain before Brexit. Simultaneously, the EU has experienced its highest number of Net Migration from external countries recorded in the last 15 years. Generally, the numbers of people intending to live in Britain on a long term basis were 238,000 people more than those leaving within the 12 months to September last year. The Director of the Office for National Statistics Center for Global Migration, Jay Lindop said that people's decision to go to or leave the UK are dependent on factors like family, work and study. He explained that since mid-2016, around when the EU referendum was voted, there has been an occurrence of different EU and non-EU migration patterns. Lindop said that there had been a higher population coming in for the purpose of work and study, and this has led to the highest net migration from non-EU countries that have been experienced in EU since 2004. However, he pointed out the contrasting decline in the net migration from the EU to the lowest level it has been since 2009, despite the increasing population. He also observed that more citizens from Eastern and Central European countries (EU-8) are leaving the UK than those arriving. Statistics from the ONS has it that 121,000 Britons migrated from the UK in the year to September and a net migration occurred as only 85,000 people arrived. After the departure of about 145,000 citizens from EU countries, and the arrival of 202,000 people in EU, the total net migration observed was 57,000.
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