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Last year, 207,000 British citizens – one every three minutes – left the country while 510,000 foreigners arrived to stay for a year or more.
The British made up more than half of the 400,000 moving abroad – yet only 14 per cent of immigrants were UK nationals coming home.
This is because most are coming for less than 12 months and do not show up on the statistics.
Since Labour came to power in 1997, 1.8m British people have left but only 979,000 have returned, Over the same period, 3.9m foreign nationals have come to Britain while 1.6m have left.