LONDONERS FLEE CAPITAL IN RECORD NUMBERS DUE TO CRIME & COST OF LIVING
Residents leaving city to “get away from the stabbings”
New figures show that record numbers of Londoners are fleeing the capital as a result of soaring violent crime rates and the high cost of living.
Stats released by the Office for National Statistics show that in the year to June, 340,498 Londoners left the city while just 237,270 migrated inwards from the rest of the country – a net loss of 103,228.
336,000 Londoners already left in 2017, a figure significantly higher than the 255,140 who left in 2012.
However, London’s population is still increasing thanks to immigration from abroad.
Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), said that cost of living was a major factor, but that Londoners were also fleeing the capital’s soaring violent crime.