The number of EU citizens working in Britain has soared to 2.37million

The number of EU citizens working in Britain has soared to 2.37million

Almost 2.37million were working in the UK between January and March – a rise of 155,000 on the same period in 2016

The number of EU citizens with jobs in Britain has soared since the referendum.

Almost 2.37million were working in the UK between January and March – a rise of 155,000 on the same period in 2016.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, appear to undermine claims that Brexit would prompt EU-born workers to flood home. The increase was driven by a surge of 116,000 workers from Romania and Bulgaria, whose citizens were given the right to seek employment here in 2014.

There were 347,000 workers from those two countries – up 50 per cent since the referendum. The influx is thought to be driven by large wage differentials between the two countries and the UK.

Workers from 14 wealthier states such as Germany, Italy, France and Greece also increased by 54,000, or 5.5 per cent, to just over 1million. Many escaped stumbling eurozon

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