ONS figures show record migration to the UK in 2015

The latest Migration Statistics Quarterly Report from the ONS gives estimates of long-term international migration to and from the UK up to December 2015. The figures show that the net migration statistic for EU citizens was 184,000 – the second highest figure on record.

Published alongside this is the Short Term International Migration (STIM) release, which gives estimates of short-term migration in the year ending (YE) June 2014, and a ‘UK Perspectives’ article on international migration.

The key findings of the reports include:

Net UK long-term international migration (someone who changes their country of usual residence for 12 months or more) in the year ending December 2015 was estimated to be 333,000, up 20,000 from YE December 2014 (not statistically significant). Net migration in YE December 2015 was 10,000 higher than the 323,000 published for YE September 2015.
In 2014 13%, or 8.3 million, of the UK resident population were born outside the UK. This has risen from 9%, or 5.3 million, in 2004.