Safeguards needed for EU citizens as Brexit threat impacts migration numbers - Archibald
Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said the impact of Brexit is already being seen with a fall in migration by EU citizens in the 12 months since the EU referendum.
The East Derry MLA commented:"
Net migration has fallen by more than 100,000 people overall in the 12 months since the EU referendum.
"However the signficant findings are in relation to the numbers of EU citizens arriving and leaving.
"54,000 less EU citizens arrived in the 12 months since the EU referendum and the number of EU citizens arriving to look for work has fallen by 43 percent.
"At the same time the number of EU citizens leaving has grown to 123,000.
"We are already hearing anecdotal evidence of the impact of the loss of skilled EU labour including in our healthcare sector."
This impact is only likely to increase as more EU citizens concerned about the lack of certainty for their futures re-evaluate their living circumstances.
"The reality is this is now a less attractive destination for EU workers.
"The next few weeks are critical in the Brexit negotiations, designated special status for the north must be secured to provide safeguards for EU citizens and for the longer term stability for our economy."