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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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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “ONS downgrades 'not fully reliable' official immigration data”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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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