How Brexit affects immigration

April 25, 2018

It has been over a year since the UK formally signalled to the EU that she wishes to leave. Brexit, as most people call it, had many dramatic effects on the country, not only in political, but fiscal, social and economical sense, too. One of the main drives for the Yes voters (who wanted to leave) was to stop foreign immigration. It was understandable concern for the Brits: over 3.8 million people immigrated in the last decade to the UK.

Since the yes vote succeeded in 2016, the immigration dwindled almost 40 percent but not the way Yes voters hoped for.

 

As it is clear from statistics, the significant drop of immigration mostly came from EU citizens. Strangely, despite the harsh anti-immigration politics in the UK there is an increase of immigration from non-EU states (from Asia in particular).So the current British anti-immigration pro-Brexit politics resulted EU citizens leaving and Asian immigrants coming instead.What makes this situation curious, that the EU citizens (which takes about 1.8 million out of 3.8) take an important part in the British economy. Socially they are more accepted and financially less dependent on social welfare than the non-EU ones. Over 80% of the EU citizens work and produce to the economy (compared to the Britons where the average is 75%) and apart from some small English towns and rural areas they are accepted easier than the Middle Easterners, Indians or the Chinese.The exact number of Hungarians in the UK is unknown, only as estimates exist: Hungarian Foreign Ministry estimates the number about 95000, while the British Registry estimates the given Public Service Numbers to 150000. Some estimates go as far as 300000. With this number Hungarians are the 4th biggest nationality in the EU (the states joined in 2004) after Poland, Lithuania, and Romania.The current exodus from post-Brexit UK affects Hungarians as well. Many consider UK unwelcoming and more selective with job applications, and apart from some professions (like Health care and finance) generally Hungarians are swept under the “Polish” category.Despite all the drawbacks, Hungarians are the second nation on the list, who wants to stay for good in Great Britain. After the Polish claims, Hungarians are to stay and claim pensions the most from Eastern-Europe.

 

 

Not to mention, that opposite to the Polish, Hungarians are relatively safer in job security, as Hungarians tend to work in industries and services, where the Brits are heavily rely on foreign workforce. (Like doctors, nurses, food and catering industry and some heavy machinery operators.)

Though political statements between UK and Hungary assures citizens that nothing will change with Brexit, many seeking a new home or returns

 

 

 

 

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