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Brexodus, what Brexodus? Europeans flock into UK

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Builders from other member states employed in Britain this year totalled 156,000, up from 145,000 at the end of 2016 – a rise of nearly eight per cent.

The previous year saw only a six per cent rise. The population survey shows the upward trend over the past six years carrying on despite the EU referendum result.

There had been warnings that Brexit threatened firms’ access to EU workers and could hit plans to tackle the housing crisis.

Under the divorce deal reached with Brussels this month, EU citizens who arrive by March 29, 2019 and have been continuously and lawfully living in the UK for five years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely.

Those who have been here for less than five years before we leave the EU will be able to apply to remain until they have reached the five-year threshold.

Ministers have met representatives of the construction industry to hear their views on immigration.

The Home Office said: “We want to attract and retain people who come to work and bring significant benefits to the UK. With more Europeans continuing to arrive than leave, the latest figures show that claims of a ‘Brexodus’ are misguided.