Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me

Create an account

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
Name *
Username *
Password *
Verify password *
Email *
Verify email *
Captcha *

Fewer Portuguese moving to UK - due to 'Brexit fears'

8572'Brexit fears' have restricted the flow of Portuguese workers moving to the UK with 26% fewer opting for grey northern climes last year, compared to 2016.
 
Emigration from Portugal to the UK has dropped sharply since June 2016 when UK voters triggered the country’s exit from the European Union.
 
According to official data from the UK Department of Labour and Pensions, after a decline in 2016 (down 5.4% on 2015), last year there were 22,622 Portuguese entering the UK, representing 3.3% of the 683,000 foreigners legally entering the country during 2017.
 
For the Portuguese, this is the second consecutive annual decline in the number of new emigrants to the UK, pushing the figure to the lowest level since 2013.
 
The maximum number, as stated by the Emigration Observatory, was in 2015 when 32,301 Portuguese arrived in the UK, fleeing deep recession in Portugal.
 
The government estimates that more than 400,000 Portuguese nationals now live in the United Kingdom, 38% of whom have been educated in Portugal to degree level, representing a huge loss of brainpower as, traditionally, a low percentage say they intend to return during their working lives. 
 
As for an actual Brexit date, the latest signs coming from the complex talks indicate that a Brexit agreement could be delayed until the beginning of 2019, leaving just two months before the date set for the UK to quit the EU.

Comments  

0 #6 john clare 2018-03-18 17:35
You say: “a huge loss of brainpower for their homeland.”
Absolutely no loss whatever. If they’d stayed in their homeland they would be acting as waiters, hotel reception clerks and so on, which is why they went abroad in the first place. There are few places for graduates in this country. If they come home they could well be swelling the ranks of the unemployed.
If you do the maths correctly there is not enough pension money to distribute even now in any EU country. There aren’t proper public pension funds in Portugal or the UK. The money disappears into the general tax pot like everything else.
Quote
-1 #5 john clare 2018-03-18 17:34
No Terry, the unregistered ones will NOT be flushed out. They don't know about them, and they need their custom. Some of us have been happily living in Southern Europe long before we had the EU. Many of us don't pay any attention to all this nonsense.
Quote
0 #4 Ed 2018-03-15 08:01
Quoting Mike Harries:
At a time of stress with the Russians, we must also ask how many sleeper Portuguese like João Magueijo - hell bent on dragging us down after 25 years amongst us - are in the UK?
...as for João Magueijo, you could level the same criticism at Bill Bryson's 'Notes from a Small Island (1995)' which was markedly more amusing than 'Bifes mal Passados' but also held a mirror to the reasons many of us left to live in Portugal.
Quote
+2 #3 Plain Speaking 2018-03-15 07:37
Quoting Mike Harries:
Pay attention at the back there ! This is UK data about the Portuguese - now search fruitlessly (as it does not exist) about equivalent data about us British by the Portuguese. Race blindness in action! At a time of stress with the Russians, we must also ask how many sleeper Portuguese like João Magueijo - hell bent on dragging us down after 25 years amongst us - are in the UK?

A National Front supporter I assume!!!!
Quote
+2 #2 TerryP 2018-03-14 16:17
Quoting Mike Harries:
This is UK data about the Portuguese - now search fruitlessly (as it does not exist) about equivalent data about us British by the Portuguese. Race blindness in action!

The Portuguese government knows how many UK citizens are registered in Portugal. As it issues residencies, it jyust ahs to add them up. The total number of British here has always been a mystery as many do not register and many are here only for part of the year.
The unregistered ones will be flushed out when Brexit starts, if it ever does....
Quote
-4 #1 Mike Harries 2018-03-14 16:05
Pay attention at the back there ! This is UK data about the Portuguese - now search fruitlessly (as it does not exist) about equivalent data about us British by the Portuguese. Race blindness in action! At a time of stress with the Russians, we must also ask how many sleeper Portuguese like João Magueijo - hell bent on dragging us down after 25 years amongst us - are in the UK?
Quote