Re­vealed: Num­ber of EU cit­i­zens com­ing to county falls by 25%

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS - By DEB­ORA ARU AND PHILLIP THOMP­SON

THE num­ber of EU cit­i­zens com­ing to work in Glouces­ter­shire has dropped by 25 per cent since Bri­tain voted to leave the Euro­pean Union in 2016.

Fig­ures from the De­part­ment for Work and Pen­sions (DWP) show that 2,951 Euro­peans reg­is­tered for Na­tional In­sur­ance num­bers in the year end­ing Septem­ber 2018; a re­duc­tion from 3,866 since the ref­er­en­dum vote.

Tewkes­bury is the worst af­fected lo­cal author­ity in Glouces­ter­shire, with a 35 per cent re­duc­tion in the num­ber of EU cit­i­zens reg­is­ter­ing to work since 2016.

The sit­u­a­tion in Glouces­ter­shire re­flects the na­tional pic­ture; which has seen a 25 per cent drop in the num­ber of reg­is­tra­tions over the same time pe­riod.

Cheltenham has seen a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion since the Brexit vote; there has been a 30 per cent re­duc­tion from 1,222 in Septem­ber 2016 to 863 in Septem­ber 2018.

Fig­ures re­veal that the For­est of Dean has been rel­a­tively un­scathed since the Brexit vote; see­ing only a re­duc­tion of three per cent from 223 in Septem­ber 2016 to 217 in Septem­ber 2018.

Both Glouces­ter and Stroud have seen a 20 per cent re­duc­tion in the num­ber of EU cit­i­zens reg­is­ter­ing.

The Cotswolds has seen a 23 per cent re­duc­tion; 450 reg­is­tered in 2018 com­pared to 587 in 2016.

Maike Bohn, co-founder the 3Mil­lion, said: “These num­bers con­firm a trend, but one that seems to be ac­cel­er­at­ing.

“Just as UK busi­nesses are pro­tect­ing them­selves from risk by re­duc­ing num­bers and mov­ing abroad, EU cit­i­zens are mak­ing sim­i­lar de­ci­sions based on risk and op­por­tu­nity.

“And the risks of mov­ing to the UK right now out­weigh the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Maike’s group cam­paigns for EU cit­i­zens, she added: “Po­ten­tial can­di­dates for UK va­can­cies are now con­sid­er­ing their op­tions in Ger­many, France, Spain and other coun­tries, rather than jump­ing into an un­cer­tain le­gal and eco­nomic ad­ven­ture in Bri­tain.”

Across the UK, there were 619,683 Na­tional In­sur­ance reg­is­tra­tions from adults com­ing from Europe in the year end­ing Septem­ber 2018; down from 738,069 at the same point in 2017 and a 25 per cent drop from 822,231.

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