Migrants who arrive from the Brussels bloc tend to settle and stay in Britain
Analysis by Migration Watch UK claimed that migration from 10 eastern European countries – Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria – appears to be increasing rather than dropping.
The report concludes there is little need to continue the current level of immigration from the region into Britain to maintain the present number available for work.
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There will not be a need for any significant continuing inflow to sustain the existing east European workforce
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Migrants who arrive from the Brussels bloc tend to settle and stay in Britain while non-EU migrants who tend to leave the country, Migration Watch found.
The report said: "On the assumption that EU citizens who are here before the UK leaves the European Union will have their rights preserved, this analysis suggests that there will not be a need for any significant continuing inflow to sustain the existing east European workforce as it appears that previous arrivals have not in fact tended to leave the UK such as to need continual replenishment."
The independent group added that curbs could be implemented to reduce net migration from the EU to help reach the Government's net migration target of 100,000.
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The group claimed the current level of net migration into Britain from the EU is nearly double their recommendation, currently a whooping 189,000.
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Net migration from across the world is 335,000 – which is around the population of Leicester.
Vice chairman of Migration Watch Alp Mehmet said: “Employers will not face a cliff edge over their workers from the EU.
"In the past 10 years, very many migrants from Eastern Europe in low-skilled work seem to have stayed on so there is no sign that continued large inflows are needed to maintain the present number available for work.
The Government should implement curbs to reduce migration to its target of 100,000, the report found
"Cutting out this aspect of migration in future should reduce net migration by about 100,000 a year. This would be a major step forward in the Government's efforts to reduce immigration."
Analysts predict sectors such as construction, hospitality, social care and fruit picking will likely be targeted as a means to reduce post-Brexit migration.
An estimated 82,000 EU migrants seeking work entered Britain in the first six months of last year alone.
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