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Home Office statement on today's ONS migration statistics

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This morning, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the latest migration statistics quarterly report for the year ending June 2017.

It showed net long term international migration was estimated to be 230,000 in the year ending June 2017 - down 106,000 since the year ending June 2016.

A statement from the Immigration Minister in response to today's statistics is below.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said:

We have been clear we want to attract and retain people who come to our country to work and bring significant benefits to the UK. With more Europeans continuing to arrive than leave, these figures show that claims of a ‘Brexodus’ are misguided.

At the same time, there is no consent for uncontrolled immigration. We welcome the ongoing decrease in net migration levels and remain committed to bringing them down to sustainable levels, the tens of thousands.

To ensure we have an immigration system that works for everyone, we will continue to reform routes from outside Europe and will negotiate the right deal in the national interest in our Brexit negotiations.

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