Numbers of Britons emigrating now compare with just under 150,000 in 1997, a level that held steady throughout the 1990s. But the emigration boom since the turn of the Millennium shows that, by the official count, 1.1 million Britons have left the country in six years while fewer than 600,000 have returned from abroad – an overall loss of around half a million British citizens.
The picture of an increasing flow of emigrants came in an official count of migration that showed foreigners continue to flood into this country in unprecedented numbers.
The Office for National Statistics said that 565,000 people came into the country last year – around 1,500 every day. It found that 474,000 of these were foreigners intending to live in Britain.
That means that the population grew by around 500 people a day because of the greater number of immigrants than emigrants.
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