What Have EU8 Immigrants Ever Given to the UK?

Among EU8 migrants to the UK, Hungarians are most likely to be employed (84.3%), they are overrespresented in manufacturing and service jobs – while the most Britons who moved to EU8 countries live in Czechia – according to a report released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 

The number of EU8 citizens living in the UK between 2013-15 sounds suspiciously low to those who followed the news and recent trends. According to the report, about 1.3 million EU8 citizens lived in the UK in the period surveyed. Most of them Polish citizens, which is estimated at 813,700 (average for the years 2013 to 2015). The explanation is in the methodology – as usual.

“All of the statistics in this report use a citizenship definition to identify migrants, as this is considered to be the most useful in identifying those who may be most likely to be affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.”


Among the EU8 immigrants, dependency ratio is much lower than in the general population – with over-65 population virtually missing (left behind in their home countries).

dependency ratios

Hungary leads the chart of employment. 84.3% if Hungarian immigrants to the UK between 2013-15 were employed. But even the Czech, who bring up the rear of the chart are 72.8% employed.

working ration

The distribution, hotels and restaurants industry was the most common employer for the EU8 workforce, employing 225,400 EU8 citizens, with 28% working in this industry. The distribution, hotels and restaurants sector employs 5.2 million people, 4.4% of whom are EU8 citizens.

working citizens by industry

There were 186,500 EU8 citizens working in the manufacturing industry, accounting for 6.7% of the workforce. For manufacturing of food products, for which EU8 citizens make up 24% of the workforce. The banking and finance industry is particularly popular for citizens of the Czech Republic, 31% of those working in the UK work in this Industry.

83,200 EU8 citizens worked in the public administration, education and health sector in 2013 to 2015. This includes 25,100 EU8 citizens in human health activities (1.1% of all workers in this sector), 22,300 in education (0.7%), and 19, 300 in residential care (2.2%).

Overall levels of self-employment amongst EU8 citizens are similar to that of UK citizens (14% vs 15%).

EU8 by industrythose who work eu8 uk

The number of UK citizens living in the EU8 countries in 2016 is 14,100 – predominantly aged 15- to 64-years old (72%). Most of them chose to live in Czechia.


Uk living in EU

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