Flight of white Britons from UK leaps to 70,000 per year ... but population still rising as Eastern Europeans come to Britain
Thousands of Britons leave our shores every year for a new life abroad, official figures show.
But although 75,000 'white British' men and women are moving away, the population is still rising because of an influx of ethnic minority groups.
According to Government estimates, the established white population of England dropped by nearly 250,000 between 2002 and 2006.
Official figures have previously indicated that about 50,000 Britons head for Australia each year and about 30,000 for New Zealand. Last year, a record 400,000 left the country to live abroad for at least 12 months.
Yesterday's estimates, which show how each ethnic group grew or diminished between 2005 and 2006, provide further evidence of so-called white flight'.
The white British population went down by 70,400 over the year through emigration. And the white Irish population fell by 4,600 because of emigration, bringing the total decline in the existing white population to 75,000.
The figures have been calculated for every year back to 2002 - and this was the biggest decline yet.
In the previous year, there had been a drop of just 42,300.
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