According to an article in the UK’s Daily Mail online today, Slovakia has a faster rising number of people going to work in the UK than any other nation, with the top five spots all filled with countries from Central Europe.
There is now about 1% of the total Slovak population living in the UK, with 49,000 of them heading to the UK in 2010 alone, which is the fastest rising number with a growth of 513% over 2004, when just 8,000 arrived, reports the daily.
The figures were compiled by the Office of National Statistics in the UK, and head of Migration Watch UK Andrew Green called it a “huge increase”, adding that this obviously had an impact on UK workforce, schools and housing. People from EU countries going to the UK are also entitled to various assistance, including unemployment and housing benefit.
THE FASTEST-GROWING POPULATIONS IN THE UK
COUNTRY 2004 2010 RISE
1. Slovakia 8,000 49,000 513 %
2. Latvia 7,000 39,000 457%
3. Poland 95,000 521,000 448%
4. Romania 14,000 68,000 386%
5. Bulgaria 11,000 53,000 382%