Revealed: Why 36% of migrants plan to leave the UK

Migrant workers are planning to leave the UK in huge numbers this year, according to a new survey by Azimo, Europe’s leading digital money transfer service.

The vast majority of respondents plan to leave the UK for an EU nation, with Germany and Spain the most popular choices. Just 8% plan to quit the EU entirely.

Of the migrant workers surveyed, 25% said they are considering leaving the UK. A further 11% said they are definitely moving to another country.

Azimo graph showing that 36% of migrants plan to leave the UK in 2021

A million people left Britain during 2020, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Azimo survey implies that many more still plan to leave, even as the economy reopens after lockdowns. 

New immigration policies introduced after Brexit may make it difficult for people to return. Especially if they do not have the permanent right to live and work in the UK. 

Why are so many migrants leaving the UK?

Participants were asked to share their reasons for leaving the UK. Many opted to share more than one. The most popular reasons were the impact of Covid-19, the impact of Brexit and the British government’s immigration policies.

Azimo graph explaining why migrant workers are leaving the UK

“Migrant workers face more barriers than ever before to living and working in the UK. Industries like retail, hospitality and construction, which rely heavily on migrant labour, have been disproportionately affected by lockdowns,” said Richard Ambrose, Azimo’s CEO. 

“UK Immigration policies and the impact of Brexit are already causing significant labour shortages in the UK, and many of this country’s hard-working migrant residents are planning to vote with their feet. 

“Azimo provides a fast, cheap service for migrant workers in many countries to send money home, so we remain optimistic about the future of our business. Other industries may not be so lucky,” he added.

Where are Britain’s migrant workers planning to go?

Over 90% of the respondents aim to resettle in an EU nation, with Germany and Spain the most popular choices. Only 8% plan to leave the European Union.

Azimo graph showing where people are emigrating to from the UK

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