Researchers say UK faces a Brexit mind drain to the EU

London, August 4

The variety of Britons transferring to European Union international locations soared after the Brexit vote in 2016, based on a UK-German examine launched on Tuesday — an exodus corresponding to these attributable to main social or financial crises.

An evaluation of official statistics by the Oxford in Berlin analysis partnership and the Berlin-based WZB Social Science Centre discovered that migration from the United Kingdom to different EU international locations rose by 30 per cent, from about 57,000 a yr in 2008-2015 to greater than 73,000 a yr in 2016-2018. Spain noticed the biggest variety of UK arrivals, adopted by France.

“These increases in numbers are of a magnitude that you would expect when a country is hit by a major economic or political crisis,” report co-author Daniel Auer stated.

Migration among the many 27 international locations that now stay within the European Union remained comparatively secure throughout the identical interval, the researchers discovered.

The variety of Britons in search of passports from EU nations additionally soared by greater than 500 per cent. In Germany it was up 2,000 per cent.

British voters opted narrowly in a 2016 referendum to depart the EU, ending the automated proper of the bloc’s residents to maneuver to the UK, and of Britons to reside and work throughout Europe. Britain left the EU in January, although it stays sure by the bloc’s guidelines — together with the best to freedom of motion — throughout a transition interval that lasts till the tip of 2020.

Brexit has left about 3.6 million EU residents within the UK and greater than 1 million Britons within the 27 EU nations scrambling to protect their residency and employment standing.

The British authorities says greater than Three million Europeans have accomplished a registration course of confirming their proper to stay within the UK.

Auer and co-author Daniel Tetlow stated the examine “reveals the UK is facing a potential brain drain of highly-educated British citizens, who have decided to invest their futures in continental Europe.” AP

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