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Official figures show numbers moving to UK from the EU at lowest level since 2012

by Ray Clancy on December 4, 2018

Fewer people from the European Union are moving to work in the UK, with official figures showing that net migration from the region is now at its lowest level since 2012.

Experts believe that while the overall number of EU citizens moving to the UK continues to add to the population, this number is likely to keep falling in the run up to the day the country leaves the EU at the end of March 2019.

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An analysis of the figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the fall in the number of EU citizens coming to the UK for work has recently been driven by a decrease in EU15 citizens coming with a definite job.

The number of EU citizens coming with a definite job was stable in the year to June 2017 while the number looking for work was falling. Since then the pattern has changed and in the latest year, to June 2018, the number with a definite job has decreased, down 32,000, particularly citizens of EU15 countries, down 26,000 to 34,000. [click to continue…]

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