UK immigration and emigration are falling: three illuminating charts
UK emigration is at its lowest since 2001, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The number of people emigrating fell from 349,000 between June 2011-2012 to 320,000 between June 2012-2013.
The number of people immigrating also fell: 503,000 people immigrated to the UK between June 2012 and 2013 - 14,000 fewer than in the 12 months before that.
There was a significant decrease in non-EU citizens migrating to the UK, too, with the number falling by 40,000 from 282,000 to 242,000.
When it came to EU15 citizens arriving for work, numbers rose significantly over the year - by 18,000 to 59,000. 18,000 of those were Spanish citizens.
Yesterday David Cameron called for tighter rules on European migration, including a string of measures to ease the impact of migration on the economy when restrictions on Romania and Bulgaria are lifted in January 2014. Neither Bulgaria nor Romania appear in the ONS's top 15 countries of last residence for 2012/13.
His questioning of free movement of labour prompted a sharp reaction from the EU, with EU employment commissioner Laszlo Andor saying Cameron's proposals were an "unfortunate overreaction".
Back in September, director of Niesr and former chief economist at the Cabinet Office, Jonathan Portes, said: "There is a strong consensus among UK economists that immigration has few if any negative impacts on native workers on average." And writing in the Guardian earlier this year: "All the evidence suggests that migrants – especially migrants from the new EU member states – are net contributors to the public purse, not a drain." He cited a report from the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration which found that EU migrants "paid in via taxes about 30 per cent more than they cost our public services".
In other news
London and Scotland received the lion's share of the UK's disposable income increases over the twentieth century [Read more]
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of meddling in affairs beyond its jurisdiction [Read more]
The UK's GDP increased by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest figures from the [Read more]
Five people were arrested after the anti-austerity protest in Whitehall and Trafalgar Square turned voilent yesterday. [Read more]
Claire Perry has said “at times, the delays and disruption that are occurring are simply inexcusable.” [Read more]
Like electing a boss of Fifa whose surname isn’t Blatter or extracting an apology from Thomas Cook, reforming [Read more]
Britain's FinTech sector is a particularly bright spot in the UK’s recovering economy. Investment in London [Read more]
Currency volatility did Kingfisher no favours in the first quarter of 2015, but investors have not been put off. [Read more]
Power systems manufacturer Rolls-Royce has signed an €80m (£57m) contract with General Dynamics European Land [Read more]
Tool hire giant HSS saw its shares rise yesterday after reporting first-quarter trading in line with expectations.
Irn-Bru maker AG Barr announced yesterday that it plans to expand its state-of-the-art canning plant at Milton [Read more]
A group of Tesco shareholders seeking compensation from the supermarket claim the troubled supermarket "committed [Read more]
Yahoo will face a US class action lawsuit alleging wiretapping violations of emails sent to its users from non-Yahoo [Read more]
Your train is late again. Do you sigh, grit your teeth and try to keep smiling or mutter to yourself that you [Read more]
Barclays, the international London-based bank led by Antony Jenkins, has decided to put its broking mandate up [Read more]
The EU referendum is on; taxes will be locked in at current levels and strike laws are being reformed. The Queen's [Read more]
The Queen's Speech - the first full-Tory state opening of Parliament since 1996 - has come and gone. But what [Read more]