ONS stated that the impact of COVID and Brexit has reduced immigration to its lowest level in years.
Official data on Thursday showed that due to the impact of COVID-19 and Brexit, the UK’s net immigration dropped by nearly 90% last year, dropping to the lowest level since 1993.
The first provisional estimate released by the UK National Bureau of Statistics shows that the number of people who moved to the UK last year was 34,000 more than the number of people who moved to the UK, which was lower than the 271,000 in 2019.
The Office for National Statistics said: “The number of immigrants in 2020 is much smaller than in previous years. This may be caused by the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.”
One of the main features of the 2016 Brexit referendum was concerns about unrestricted immigration from the European Union-net immigration exceeded 200,000 in 2015.
Recently, companies have complained about labor shortages due to lack of immigration.
The UK left the European Union in late January 2020-although EU citizens retain the right to move to the UK before the end of the year-COVID has caused foreign travel to cease starting in late March 2020.
The pandemic also severely hampered ONS’s ability to collect immigration data because it stopped the traditional practice of surveying passengers at airports and ports.
The National Bureau of Statistics of the United Kingdom stated that the provisional data is based on experimental statistical models and may be revised. A reasonable estimate for 2020 will range from a net migration of 125,000 people to a net migration of 58,000 people.
The Office of National Statistics in the United Kingdom estimates that just looking at EU nationals who are not in the United Kingdom, there are approximately 94,000 net immigrants.
Unlike most European countries, the UK does not have a national ID card or mandatory registration system that can easily check immigration flows.
“Although there is no evidence that there will be an outflow in the UK in 2020, global travel restrictions mean that the movement of people is restricted. All data sources indicate that the number of immigrants has fallen to the lowest level in many years,” the UK National Bureau of Statistics statistician Jay Lindo Said Jay Lindop.