Saturday, 29 July 2017

Politico| Meet the neighbors: EU citizens in the UK

Politico| Meet the neighbors: EU citizens in the UK

'A survey of skilled workers in the U.K., conducted by law firm Baker McKenzie, found that more than half of EU nationals in the country were likely to leave the U.K. before Brexit negotiations had finished. Most of them feel more vulnerable to discrimination and less secure in their jobs than before the Brexit vote.

“The strength of feeling was surprising given the length of time after the referendum,” Baker McKenzie’s Stephen Ratcliffe said. “There are a lot of people in those sessions [during which the data was collected] who were really upset, and they said ‘Well, if you don’t want me here, I’m going.’”

And it’s not just workers leaving that changed after the Brexit vote — workers are now less likely to even come to the U.K. as well.

In particular, immigration from the EU8 declined drastically after the Brexit referendum in June 2016. This group makes up large swaths of the agriculture and manufacturing sectors (7 and 8 percent respectively).

Immigration was cited as one of the main reasons the U.K. voted for Brexit. EU citizens have already started to take the hint.'

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