Half of EU migrants have left UK

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  1. Half of EU migrants have 'left UK'

    Half of the one million immigrants that have arrived in Britain from Eastern Europe since 2004 have already returned home, according to a report.

    The study, released by a British think tank on Wednesday, suggested that the arrival of migrants from 10 new European Union members would slow as economic conditions improved in their home countries.

    "It is a question of when, not if, the great east European migration slows," Danny Sriskandarajah, co-author of the report for the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), said.

    "With fewer migrants in and more migrants out, the UK seems to be experiencing turnstiles, not floodgates."

    Sriskandarajah said that although migration from the new EU states had happened on a "staggering scale" it seemed to have been largely positive for all concerned.

    Eight new states joined the European Union in May 2004; Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

    "There is a risk that critical sectors in the UK economy ...
    will have great difficulty in finding workers to fill vacancies if the tide turns quickly and significantly"

    Bulgaria and Romania entered the bloc in 2007.

    The research showed there were 665,000 people from the 10 new EU members living in Britain in the last quarter of 2007.

    "We estimate that some 30,000 fewer migrants arrived in the second half of 2007 as did in the second half of 2006," the report said.

    The weakening of the British pound has resulted in the gap in potential earnings narrowing between the UK and the new member countries.

    The British pound has fallen by about 25 per cent against the Polish zloty since early 2004.

    "Four in ten of the returned Polish migrants we surveyed think that better employment prospects in Poland would encourage Poles living in the UK to return to Poland for good," the report said.

    The findings highlighted the gulf between the large number of people actually entering the UK and initial British government predictions that only a few thousand would be tempted to seek work in the country.

    The British government had originally predicted up to 13,000 migrant workers would arrive after the 2004 accessions, but admitted later its calculations were wide of the mark.

    The report said that the immigrants had fanned out across Britain, working as everything from plumbers and waiters to seasonal fruit pickers.

    The number of workers arriving from Eastern Europe had sparked fears Britain's health and education services could be overwhelmed.

    However, a 2005 IPPR report concluded "that immigrants make an important fiscal contribution to the UK and pay more than their share. They are not a drain on the UK's resources".

    Asked if a sudden exodus could cause problems for industries like fruit-picking, Sriskandarajah said: "There is a risk that critical sectors in the UK economy, especially in rural areas, will have great difficulty in finding workers to fill vacancies if the tide turns quickly and significantly."

    He suggested the government might have to ease immigration restrictions for countries outside the European Union.

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  2. For those concerned with the 'flood' of immigrants to UK, this will be interesting. Also, according to the article, immigrants pay more than their share into the system.
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  3. The ones who have left will be the go getters who are moving back to the lands of the strong Euro, low regulation and lots of possibilities and the ones who just didn't get enough traction to make it work.

    The ones who won't be leaving are the Somali 'refugees' who thought they would come here rather than that Muslim paradise Saudi Arabia which is only next door.

    Its time to get the chav class and the asylum seekers working for their keep in the feilds picking fruit and veg
  4. The report focuses on EU migrants. Not the children, or Migrants from Africa or Asia....

    That would be another story.

    Besides it was only taken from legal entry into the country and not illegal.
  5. Spin.
    The usual create a report and the problem goes away.
    Explain it to all the tradesmen who cannot compete with cheap skilled workers from Eastern Europe.
    Never mind, there will be a Sven along in a moment to explain how the report is perfectly accurate and we are all benefitting from the massive incursion of cheap labour
  6. Ta Ta missing you already now perhaps my son can get a decent job.
  7. Sixty

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    True, but encouraging stats none the less.

  8. And this is from Zanu Labour's favorite think tank. Sceptic, moi?

    "Look, stupid proles, if half of them have already left, then the gibbermint's fcuk up is only half as big, see?"

    It's a headline grabber, that's all. Sadly, in the minds of the majority, anything in printed word is true.
  9. Agreed. Since we have no direct way of actually measuring how many have left, it's guesswork. Funnily enough (tin foil hat on), timed to coincide with local and mayoral elections.
  10. They've got no idea how many have come here and no way of knowing how many have left.

    Released day before local elections.
  11. Would be helpful to know what the report was, what methods were used in compiling it etc. Without such information, it is hard to know how accurate it actually is.
  12. 500,000 gone back home? Is their landlady going to advertise their room?
  13. Its partly correct, there are of course the 20,000 Polish women living in Poland claiming UK child benefit for their UK born but now resident Polish children,

    UK weekly child benefit works out to be a decent wedge when spent in Poland.