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Emigration to UK decreases for the first time since 2010
Inês Vidigal
There were 30,543 Portuguese who entered the United Kingdom in 2016, according to data from the Department for Work and Pensions. This British agency accounted for a total of 824,782 foreigners in the United Kingdom, with the Portuguese representing 3.7% of that total. +

Since 2000, the number of Portuguese inflows into the United Kingdom has been steadily increasing, more pronounced and significant since 2010. Over the period under review, there were two declines: the first, between 2004 and 2006, when inflows went from 13,850 to 9,700; the second in 2009 and 2010, similar to the one that occurred in emigration to other countries, in the context of the global financial crisis. In 2013, by contrast, there was a large increase in the number of inflows, reaching, for the first time, values above 30,000. In 2016, the first decrease (-5.4%) is registered since 2010, but the inflows remain higher than those registered in 2013.






Cite as Vidigal, Inês (2017), “Emigration to UK decreases for the first time since 2010”, Observatório da Emigração


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