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The Brexit effect on EU nationals

The Brexit effect on EU nationals

We asked thousands of EU nationals in the UK and Europe how Brexit would change their futures? See what they told us, and what that means for UK employers.


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What will the 2.4 million Europeans living and working in the UK do as Brexit approaches? The answer could have major implications for individuals and employers across the UK, so we conducted a survey to find out.

KPMG asked 2,000 EU nationals in the UK whether they intended to stay and the reasons behind their decision. We also quizzed them – and 1,000 other people inside the EU – for their views on the UK to understand what Brexit could mean for immigration flows in the future.

See how employers can proactively address their workforce strategy and all the survey findings:

• Almost half of EU nationals in the UK (45%) plan to stay, 8% say they plan to leave and another 35% are thinking about it 

• Younger, better qualified and higher-paid people – the ‘INDEYs’ – are more likely to be considering leaving, risking a brain drain

• The UK is now seen as a less attractive place to live, although still desirable for two thirds of EU citizens in their home countries

• A perception that British society has changed is the main reason people are thinking about leaving. Half of those surveyed in the UK said they felt less valued and welcomed here.

You can read The Brexit effect on EU nationals report in full here. 

See the snapshot infographic here.

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