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Why, since 2004, has there been an increase in the number of Eastern European migrants arriving in the UK for work? Click on the correct answer It’s to do with the expansion of the EU (a) They come for the British weather (b) Since 2004 there has been a shortage of workers in the UK. (c)
In fact, both answers (a) and (b) are correct to some extent. There are several reasons why East Anglia has seen the largest influx of economic migrants. One reason could be that its dominant industry is agriculture which always needs workers to harvest crops. Another could be its proximity to London. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that migrants have tended to settle near regional airports which is where their no-frills flights have landed from Eastern Europe. Next question…
It is estimated that approximately 1 million migrants from the eight Eastern European countries who joined the EU in 2004 – plus Romania and Bulgaria who joined in 2007 – have migrated to the UK for economic reasons since 2004. 7 out of 10 of these economic migrants have been Polish. However, of these one million people, approximately half have already returned home. Next question…
Because this is economic migration, 75% of the Eastern European migrants who arrive in the UK fall into the 16 to 39 year age bracket. People within this age group are of working age so are most likely to be seeking employment. Next question…
The vast majority of Eastern European economic migrants to the UK (270,000 of them) find work in factories. Approximately 40,000 work as warehouse operatives, and 32,000 as packers. Surprisingly, relatively few (14,000) work in the construction industry as builders or labourers. The End!