Brexit: Net migration to UK from EU falls to lowest level in 10 years

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Brexit: Net migration to UK from EU falls to lowest level in 10 years

Net migration in EU has dropped drastically to the lowest it has been since 2009, as nationals from Eastern and Central European Countries leave Britain before Brexit.

Simultaneously, the EU has experienced its highest number of Net Migration from external countries recorded in the last 15 years.

Generally, the numbers of people intending to live in Britain on a long term basis were 238,000 people more than those leaving within the 12 months to September last year.

The Director of the Office for National Statistics Center for Global Migration, Jay Lindop said that people’s decision to go to or leave the UK are dependent on factors like family, work and study.

He explained that since mid-2016, around when the EU referendum was voted, there has been an occurrence of different EU and non-EU migration patterns. Lindop said that there had been a higher population coming in for the purpose of work and study, and this has led to the highest net migration from non-EU countries that have been experienced in EU since 2004.

However, he pointed out the contrasting decline in the net migration from the EU to the lowest level it has been since 2009, despite the increasing population. He also observed that more citizens from Eastern and Central European countries (EU-8) are leaving the UK than those arriving.

Statistics from the ONS has it that 121,000 Britons migrated from the UK in the year to September and a net migration occurred as only 85,000 people arrived.

After the departure of about 145,000 citizens from EU countries, and the arrival of 202,000 people in EU, the total net migration observed was 57,000.

EU countries with the highest departures

The largest departures were observed in EU-8 countries like Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, and Slovakia, recording 53,000 departures for the year.

It was reported that the number of people arriving at the EU to study was more than those coming to work. The observation was linked to the recent decrease in the number of EU citizens who arrive with a specific job, and a previous drop in the number of EU citizens who were looking for jobs.

At the end of 2018, the UK issued a total of 15,900 asylum, resettlement and alternative means of Protection to people, decreasing grants for Eritreans, Iranians, and Sudanese citizens.

According to Tej Parikh from the Institute of Directors, big companies were employing non-EU workers to make up for the loss of EU workers.

He said that there is a high record of job vacancies and EU Businesses are left with no choice but to employ from abroad. It is becoming difficult for firms in the construction, hospitality and retail sectors as EU citizens are coming back home, and it gets even worse when trying to attract skilled labor and considering the unstable political state.

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