Office for National Statistics downgrades 'not fully reliable' official immigration data
Added 08-22-19 04:36:02am EST - “The number of EU citizens moving to the UK is higher than previously thought, the Office for National Statistics said today as it admitted it had under-estimated net migration from the continent.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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The number of EU citizens moving to the UK is higher than previously thought, the Office for National Statistics said today as it revealed it had under-estimated net migration from the continent.
The ONS said the error affected figures on the number of migrants coming from the so-called EU8 countries - like Poland, Estonia and Hungary - before March 2016.
It means that net EU migration was underestimated by approximately 240,000 between 2009 and 2016 while non-EU net migration was over-stated by approximately 170,000 from 2012 to last year.
The revelation has prompted experts to claim that the EU migration numbers have been 'systematically' under-estimated.
The statistics body has responded to the news by downgrading the status of its quarterly immigration figures so that they now come with an 'experimental' health warning.
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