Eastern EU Migrant Workers Returning Home

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics this week show the number of people from Eastern Europe leaving Britain more than doubled in the year to September 2008 - with 56,000 people from the A8 countries leaving Britain, compared with 25,000 in the year to September 2007.

At the same time, new Home Office figures show that applications for work registration permits from the “A8” accession countries – Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia – fell to 23,000 in the first 3 months of the year, the lowest level since they joined the European Union in 2004.