Referendum Watch: Immigration

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

This is the big one, and arguably the cause of the referendum. So, let’s just get straight down to it.

Brute Facts

  • In the last year there was a net increase of 333,000 migrants (Source)
  • This consists of 630,000 immigrants, and 297,000 emigrants (Source)
  • This increase is 20,000 more than the previous year (Source)


  • The Remain side say that EU nationals in the UK contribute more in tax and national insurance than they take out. This was published in a report from University College, London
  • They also say that Brexit could cause the 1,200,000 British citizens who live in the EU to be deported – enough to fill Birmingham
  • Finally, they also say that outside of the EU, the UK would still have to accept freedom of movement to keep access to the Single Market


  • The Leave side say that freedom of movement across the EU makes it difficult to combat terrorists, who can access Europe through the Balkans
  • They also say that ever year, enough migrants come to the UK to fill a city bigger than Newcastle
  • Finally, they say that if the UK left the EU, a points-based migration system could be introduced that doesn’t punish non-Europeans

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About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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