More EU citizens move to Rugby

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Brexit has not deterred more EU citizens from moving to Rugby, official figures show.

The number of EU citizens has risen by around 5,000 since the referendum held in June 2016, according to the latest estimates fcrom the Office for National Statistics.

This increase is much greater than across the UK, where the number of Europeans rose by nine per cent in two years on average.

Data shows that the number of EU migrants living in the area rose from 8,000 in 2016 to 13,000 in June.

European citizens accounted for 12.5 per cent of Rugby’s total population, compared with an average of 5.7 per cent for the United Kingdom.

The number of migrants from non-EU countries living in Rugby rose, from 2,000 in 2016 to 3,000 in June.

The estimates are based on the Annual Population Survey (APS). They count EU citizens living at private addresses and students in halls of residence whose parents live in the UK.

Students with parents living abroad or migrants living at communal establishmenMts, like hotels or hostels, are excluded.

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said: “The number of EU citizens living in the UK has increased since the referendum, but the pace of change is much slower than in the past.

“This is because fewer EU citizens are choosing to come to the UK and more are leaving.

“Most EU citizens come to the UK for work, and the falling value of the pound means that what they can earn here is now worth less than it was a couple of years ago. The political and economic uncertainty of Brexit may also play a role.

“Changes in nationwide migration patterns are likely to affect different areas in different ways, depending on factors like what jobs are on offer in the local economy and what groups of migrants that area has traditionally attracted.”