UK Registered Fewer EU Nationals Due to Brexit & COVID-19 Pandemic


The authorities of the United Kingdom have revealed that due to the impact of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has registered a loss of European Union nationals in the year through June 2021.

In its most recent press release, the Office for National Statistics disclosed that the number of EU nationals who left the UK after the Brexit and during the COVID-19 pandemic was higher than the number of those who arrived in the country.

“In the year ending June 2021, EU immigration (181,000) was estimated to be slightly lower than EU emigration (193,000). Given the uncertainty surrounding the estimates, we can only say that there is a possibility that EU net migration was no longer positive,” the statement of the Office reads.

According to the Office, the first set of estimates to cover a whole year, from July 2020 until June 2021, when migration behaviour was impacted by the COVID-19 restriction and the ongoing changes in migration policy following Brexit, show that the number of those who left the UK by the end of 2020 was higher than the number of arrivals.

The EU net migration was estimated at -12,000 compared with 24,000 in the year ending June 2020, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

On the other hand, the Office for National Statistics noted that even though the migration behaviour was impacted by the two factors mentioned above, the current data for non-EU net migration suggests that it remains positive in the year ending June 2021.

Similarly, the overall net migration data suggest that around 239,000 more people entered the UK than left.

“Bringing together the best sources of data we have available, our latest estimates of net migration suggest that around 239,000 more people came to the UK than left, driven by non-EU immigration,” Jay Lindop, director of the Centre for International Migration, Office for National Statistics said.

Apart from the above-mentioned, the data provided by the Office for National Statistics show that in the year ending June 2021, there was a large increase in sponsored study visas granted to nationals of third countries. A total of 281,000 study visas were granted to non-EU nationals during that period, thus representing an increase of ten per cent compared to the year ending June 2020.

As for the work visas, the Office revealed that there were 277,069 work-related visas granted in the year ending March 2020. This represents an increase of 129 per cent compared to the year ending March 2021 and an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to the year ending March 2020.



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