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