Pulling power: why are EU citizens migrating to the UK?

13 April 2016

Migration from Europe has increased sharply over the past 15 years. The number of EU-born people living in the UK has more than doubled since 2004, reaching over 3 million by 2015.

As the debate over EU membership has intensified, a recurring question has been why the UK has been such an attractive destination. This commentary looks at factors that are often cited as “pull factors” for EU migrants coming to the UK in media and policy debates.

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