Skip to navigationSkip to content
EU migration to the UK has dropped since Brexit.
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
The UK is already seeing the effects of Brexit.

Europeans have rapidly abandoned Britain since the Brexit vote

Max de Haldevang
By Max de Haldevang

Geopolitics reporter

The pro-Brexit campaign was built on a heavy anti-immigrant platform, and Britain’s EU referendum seems to be having the effect Leave voters wanted.

In the three months after the June 2016 referendum, net long-term migration fell by 19%, according to data released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (Nov. 30). The number has continually fallen in the year since then.

The ONS reported that three-quarters of that drop is related to EU citizens, who are both emigrating in larger numbers and immigrating at a slower pace. ONS migration statistics head Nicola White underlined in a statement that, “it is too early to say whether this represents a long-term trend.”

📬 Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee).

By providing your email, you agree to the Quartz Privacy Policy.