Net immigration to Great Britain in the year ended September last year was significantly reduced, not least due to the decline in the number of people from Central European countries.
According to an estimate published by the British Statistical Office (ONS) on Thursday, the number of people arriving in Great Britain was 244,000 in the twelve months, 29,000 less than in the same period last year.
Thursday’s data series is the second estimate of the ONS with a full year of referendum on British membership of the EU. In a referendum held in June 2016, the narrow majority of the participants, 51.9 percent, suggested that the UK should step out of the EU.
According to the Statistics Office, Thursday, eighteen of the eight Central and Eastern European Member States in the European Union in 2004, six thousand fewer than a year ago, received 51,000, and thousands more, 39,000, leaving net migration out of this EU area There were 12 thousand people in the whole year with September, seven thousand fewer than a year earlier.
Of the European Union as a whole, in the twelve months of the year, 220,000 had settled in Britain, 47,000 fewer than in the same period a year earlier, and 130,000 had left, 28,000 more than in the year ending September, 2016, immigration was 90,000, compared to 75,000 fewer years.
According to ONS data, it has been the first time since 2013 that annual net immigration from EU Member States to Great Britain did not reach 100,000.
Nicola White, director of the UK statistical office for international migration statistics, said in a commentary on Thursday’s announcement: the cessation process of UK membership of the EU has played a good role in immigration and migration decisions. The expert stressed, however, that the causes of migration decisions are always complex and other factors affect the numbers.
British business and other professional organizations, however, warn the British Government in a row about the risks arising from the decline in immigration of foreign EU workers, especially since London wants to strengthen the rules for the resettlement of EU citizens after the expiry of British EU membership.
According to the latest comprehensive survey by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 1107 new foreign EU workers were registered in the register last year. According to NMC data, this is a 89 percent fall in annual comparison, over the same period a year ago, more than ten thousand skilled nurses took new jobs from EU countries in UK public health service (NHS) institutions.
The UK’s largest industry and trade associations have reported to the British government a couple of weeks ago that they are already struggling with a severe labor shortage and will need to use EU countries, including Central and Eastern European countries skilled workers from Member States.
The call emphasized that 12.6 per cent of British construction workers were born out of Britain and 5.7 per cent came from EU countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
According to the open letter, this is only the national average, in London, for example, 50 percent close to the proportion of foreign EU workers in the construction industry.
According to the recent BHA statement, 75 percent of British restaurant workers, 25 percent of chefs, 37 percent of staff in hotel cleaning and other maintenance tasks came from other EU Member States.