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95% increase in EU citizens leaving the UK to move home – Quarterly Migration Statistics

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Today’s quarterly migration statistics show that the number of EU citizens returning home has almost doubled from 21,000 to 43,000. This is a jump of 95%.

In total, 117,000 EU citizens emigrated from the UK – an increase of 31,000 and the highest recorded estimate since 2009.

The dramatic doubling in the number of EU citizens leaving strongly indicates the depth of the insecurity which they feel as a result of the Government’s failure to secure their status here post Brexit.

Saira Grant, Chief Executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said,

‘We have heard so many stories of permanent residency applications from Europeans who have built a life here being refused, frequently on technicalities.

Many more people feel unwanted and insecure and are leaving the country without even attempting to apply for residence.

After the General Election the Government must immediately show strong leadership by guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens currently in the UK.
These Europeans are our friends, neighbours and family members.

Furthermore, our ability to forge a strong economic future is interlinked with retaining EU talent - which currently plays a crucial role in powering our healthcare sector, our research sector and building the homes we so urgently need.’

JCWI calls for all those currently residing in the UK under European Union treaties to be given secure status as quickly as possible.

A total of 339,000 people of all nationalities are estimated to have left to live and work, of which 40% are British citizens, the highest number since 2014. The number of non-EEA migrants leaving the UK has remained stable over the past 2 years.


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  • JCWI is an independent national charity established in 1967. Our mission is to promote justice, fairness and equality in immigration and asylum law and policy.
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