Bulgarian and Romanian expats are increasingly coming to the UK

Bulgarian and Romanian expats are increasingly coming to the UK

New statistics from the ONS show a particularly unbalanced migratory movement between the UK and EU2 countries. The study also showed the average age of migrants moving to the UK to be significantly younger, although this doesn’t really come as a surprise though.

I suspect the bell-curve has 18-35 banding as the highest age grouping.

More than 65 times more Romanians and Bulgarians are living in the UK than the total of Britons who have moved to these two countries, according to official data recently published.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of expats from Romania and Bulgaria living in Britain by the end of last year amounted to 413,000 an increase on some UN estimates of around 140,000 in 2015.

Last year’s total from Bulgaria and Romania – referred to as the EU2 nations – compared to 234,000 in 2014, (this appears larger than UN 2015 data…..) the year the pair were given unrestricted access to live and work in the UK, despite being admitted to the EU seven years earlier.

Between the beginning of 2014 and the end of last year (2016), it was estimated there was an estimated annual average of 328,400 EU2 citizens resident in the UK, of these 78 per cent (or 256,800) were Romanians and 22% (or 71,700) Bulgarian.

The ONS found 81% of EU2 nationals were aged between; 16-64 with the majority of them in fulltime employment.

Among working age EU2 citizens, only 4% were estimated to be unemployed, 5% (or 12,600) were economically studying; and 12% (or 32,100) were “otherwise economically inactive”.

The ONS also found that (not surprisingly) the most common industry sectors where EU2 nationals were employed were construction, distribution, and hotels and restaurants. These sector industries accounted for almost 50% of the jobs occupied by EU2 expats.

Among Bulgarians, around 18% work in banking and finance, while 14% of Romanians nationals were employed in the sector.


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