Number of EU immigrants to Britain during Labour years ‘was underestimated by half a million’
- Office of National Statistics noticed error in May when comparing figures
- Means total arrivals from EU between 1997 and 2010 totals nearly four million
- Migrationwatch said levels were ‘astonishing’ and highest in British history
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 00:48 GMT, 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 06:46 GMT, 11 July 2013
Half a million more immigrants arrived in Britain from the European Union than was previously believed, a difference the size of Manchester, campaigners have warned.
It means immigration between mid-1997 and mid-2010, while Labour was in power, now totals nearly four million, rather than the 3.4million recorded.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) discovered the mistake in May when they compared the results of the 2011 census with the population that they had expected to find on the basis of births, deaths and official immigration figures, Migrationwatch UK said.
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