Europeans are leaving England, but are staying in Scotland and Northern Ireland, says ONS

Europeans are leaving England, but are continuing to live in Remain-voting Scotland and Northern Ireland, Government data has shown.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published data on the population of the UK by country of birth and nationality.

The figures, which cover the year ending June 2020, reveal that England experienced different trends to the rest of the UK; accounting for the overall decreases in the non-UK and non-British populations from the previous year.

The ONS said that this was largely “because of reductions in the population of individuals from the EU”.

However, England also experienced a fall in the non-EU population.

For example, residents in England born in non-EU countries reduced by 114,000 to 5.2 million in the year ending June 2020. In comparison, a rise in the non-EU born population was seen in Wales and Scotland, while Northern Ireland remained stable.

During the 2016 European Union referendum, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU, while England and Wales voted Leave.

Researchers found that for the year ending 2019 to 2020, the population of EU-born individuals born in England reduced from 3.23 million to 3.03 million.

In contrast, for Scotland the figures rose from 238,000 to 240,000 and a similar rise was seen in northern Ireland – 89,000 up to 90,000.

However, the numbers for Wales also increased from 78,000 to 83,000.

The ONS data also shows that in mid-2020, the non-UK-born population was 9.2 million and the non-British population was 6.0 million.

Both of these figures decreased by 246,000 and 231,000 respectively since the previous year, following a period relative stability since 2017

The ONS also found that Polish has continued to be the most common non-British nationality and that India is still the most common non-UK country of birth.

London remains the region with the largest proportion of non-UK born (35 per cent) and non-British (21 per cent) population.

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