Net migration to UK nonetheless fading post-Brexit vote, companies cautious

LONDON (Reuters) – Net migration of European Union residents into Britain nearly halved within the 12 months to September, in response to information that alarmed business teams who say Brexit is leaving corporations with out sufficient candidates to fill jobs.

Official information on Thursday confirmed a web 244,000 folks of all nationalities moved to Britain in the course of the interval, down 29,000 from the identical level in 2016, official information confirmed on Thursday.

While web migration to Britain from non-EU nations hit an nearly six-year excessive, for EU residents the quantity fell to 90,000 from 165,000 within the 12 months to September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) stated.

Overall, the figures added to indicators that the June 2016 choice by voters to go away the EU has had a huge impact on folks moving to and from Britain.

Lowering immigration was an enormous purpose many Britons voted to go away the EU, however trade teams stated companies had been struggling.

“To compete, the UK needs to be somewhere that people want to come to work, and regrettably, increasingly it isn‘t,” stated Neil Carberry, managing director for folks and infrastructure on the Confederation of British Industry.

The Institute of Directors stated the figures compounded companies’ concern about entry to labour whereas the EEF, a producers’ affiliation, stated Britain wanted to guarantee EU residents they had been wanted and welcome.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May stated she wished all EU residents dwelling lawfully in Britain to remain after Brexit in 2019 and she or he promised a easy registration system.

Pro-Brexit campaigners stated Thursday’s figures confirmed immigration remained too excessive and that the online migration determine was as massive because the inhabitants of some main British cities.

Separately, recruiter Hays stated building websites had been seeing labour shortages as Eastern Europeans, who usually fill most positions, had been trying elsewhere.

Other sectors, like nursing, have additionally reported shortages that have intensified because the Brexit vote.


The variety of EU residents moving to Britain stood at 220,000 within the 12 months to September, the smallest influx in additional than three years. By distinction, 130,000 EU residents left Britain — the largest outflow because the yr to December 2008, in the course of the monetary disaster.

The variety of EU residents moving to Britain for work dropped to the bottom in additional than 4 years — chiming with information on Wednesday that confirmed the variety of EU employees in Britain rising in 2017 on the slowest annual fee since mid-2013.

The ONS stated the rise in non-EU web migration largely mirrored extra folks coming to Britain to check. The improve was flattered by an uncommon dip in the identical interval a yr in the past.

May has been urged to exclude college students from migration statistics. Critics say the government has exaggerated the danger that college students keep in Britain after their visas expire.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by Sarah Young and Catherine Evans

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