According to the latest official figures, the number of non-EU workers in the UK took a huge leap by adding above 100,000 in the last quarter of 2018, a record high in the country.
This giant leap in migration from non-EU countries is concurrent with a fall in the number of EU workers in the UK hence many are of the view that the leap seeing in the number of non-EU workers is as a result of the lower supply of labor from the European Union.
Over the last quarter of 2018, about 1.29 million workers entered the UK from non-EU countries representing an increase of 130,000 compared to the same period in the previous year and mark the highest since 1997 when the record started.
The non-EU workers include 593,000 from Asia, 299,000 from America and Oceania, 277,000 from Africa and the remaining 126,000 are accounted for by European countries that are not EU members. All these categories saw a year-on-year rise.
Over the same period, the last quarter of 2018, the number of EU workers in the UK fell by about 61,000 compared to the previous year, totaling 2.27 million workers. This decrease is said to be a result of lower migration from the eight European countries that became members of the Union in 2004. The countries are Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, Poland, Slovenia, Latvia, and the Czech Republic. These countries contribute 869 workers to the UK in the last quarter of 2018 representing an 89,000 fall compared to the previous year and 184,000 lower than the highest they have ever contributed, 1.05 million in July to September 2016 according to the office of national statistics.
Brexit is the Culprit
Uncertainty and insecurity surrounding Brexit are making UK a less attractive place to live and work for EU citizens, said a professor of economics at King’s College London – Jonathan Portes.
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