Net migration to the UK rose to almost 300,000 in the first full calendar year after the Brexit referendum.
The rise was driven partially by an increase in the number coming from outside the EU, which is at its highest level for 13 years, according to official figures published yesterday.
Net migration from the EU fell to just over 100,000 in the year to December 2017, the lowest level in five years.
Overall net migration, the difference between those arriving and those leaving the UK for a year or longer, was 282,000, up 33,000 in a year and almost three times the government’s target of reducing the number to under 100,000.
Nicola White of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said: “With around 280,000 more…