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Labour shortages make light work of fears of a post-Brexit unemployment surge

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01.09.2021

In the two decades before the Brexit referendum, there was a large increase in the number of people moving from the EU to the UK.

In the mid-1990s there were less than one million EU citizens living in the UK. By the mid-2010s, this had risen to 3.6 million. The bulk of the increase came after former Soviet bloc countries, such as Poland and Bulgaria, joined the EU in 2004.

These of course are the official numbers. The Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme hints that in reality there were considerably more. Since the scheme was introduced in 2018, six million EU citizens have submitted an application for residency.

It was an article of faith amongst liberals in the run up to the Brexit referendum that the influx of Europeans was an unequivocally Good Thing. In particular, they were adamant that........

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