Despite the uncertainty around Brexit hundreds of thousands are still moving to the UK on a long-term basis, new data has revealed.

The figures show that in the past year around 212,000 more people moved to the UK than left, for the year ending in June.

Published on Thursday by the Office for National Statistics, the net migration figures analysed the amount of people coming to the country with the intention to stay for 12 months or more on various types of visas.

But it found that EU net migration has dropped significantly. After peak levels of more than 200,000 in 2015 and early 2016, it now stands at just 48,000 in the same period.

This is largely due to a fall in EU immigration, which remains at its lowest level since the year ending March 2013, according to the release.

And since 2016, there has been a decline in people migrating for work purposes but numbers of people coming to the UK to study have gradually increased, the report added.

An ONS spokesman said: ‘Our best assessment using all data sources is that long-term immigration, emigration and net migration have remained broadly stable since the end of 2016.



‘However, we have seen different patterns for EU and non-EU citizens.

‘While there are still more EU citizens moving to the UK than leaving, EU net migration has fallen since 2016, driven by fewer EU arrivals for work.

‘In contrast, non-EU net migration has gradually increased for the past six years, largely as more non-EU citizens came to study.’

The figures are classed as estimates after the ONS admitted earlier this year it had been underestimating some EU net migration data since 2016.

Separate immigration figures published by the Home Office showed there had been 189,459 work-related visas granted in the year to September.

This is an 11 per cent rise on the previous year and the highest since 2008 when changes were made to the immigration system.

In the same period, there were 276,889 sponsored study visas granted, including those for children of applicants, which shot up 16 per cent on the previous year and is the highest level since 2011. Chinese nationals account for 43 per cent of such visas granted.

The majority (86 per cent) of applicants want to study at UK universities, according to the figures.