Far Less Migrants Left EU 10 Than Anticipated

According to the German research institute DIW, the number of migrants from the EU 10 accession countries was far less than many anticipated.

According to the Berlin-based Deutsches Institut for Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), the number of people who have migrated from the new member states to the older members can be estimated at 150,000. Of them, over 50,000 arrived in the UK.

The DIW figures are lower than other estimates, including that of the UK government, which claims to have received some 130,000 work permit applications over the past 12 months. DIW explains the discrepancy with methodological differences.

In DIW’s opinion, those EU-15 states that have applied stringent immigration policies to prospective workers from the new member states could be missing out on an influx of much-needed qualified professionals.

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Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".

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