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Immigration to Britain from eastern Europe continues to fall.

In the third quarter of 2007, 59,000 people from the A8 countries registered to work in Britain; in the same period this year, only 38,000 did. The decline was mostly due to fewer Poles applying to work: their numbers almost halved from 41,000 to 23,000.

We shall miss them when they are gone.

Many are filling vital gaps in our public services. In the twelve months to September, 3,400 A8 nationals registered as care workers, 840 as teachers, researchers and classroom assistants, 75 as dental practitioners (including hygienists and dental nurses), and 835 as GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and medical specialists.

Read the latest Home Office Accession Monitoring Report in full here.

Posted 23 Nov 2008 in Blog

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