1. ITV Report

Number of EU citizens working in Cumbria plummets

The number of EU citizens applying to live and work in Cumbria has fallen since Britain voted to leave.

decrease between 2016 to 2018.

New figures have shown a drop in the amount of people immigrating from countries in the EU to areas such as Allerdale and south Cumbria.

Immigration solicitor, Alex McAll, at Carlisle-based Wragg Mark-Bell says there is a noticeable contrast between the districts in Cumbria.

"The uncertainty around Brexit has obviously worried a lot of people some of whom have decided to go back to their home countries or elsewhere in the UK, but those with more established jobs, homes and family ties are doing what they can to stay here."

– Alex McAll, Wragg Mark-Bell
  • Areas figures decreased :
  • Allerdale - 319 in 2016 to 236 in 2018
  • South Lakeland - 802 in 2016 to 623 in 2018
  • Eden - 279 in 2016 to 237 in 2018
  • Carlisle - 493 in 2016 and 454 in 2018

Copeland is the only area that saw an increase - with 47 in 2016 and 60 in 2018.

The firm says they have more immigration cases coming to them as EU migrants, worried about the possible implications of Brexit, explore options to protect their families living in the UK.

Credit: ITV Border

The Chamber of Commerce says it is a trend that could lead to serious problems for the country's hospitality industries.

"Hospitality and food-processing sectors in Cumbria are heavily dependent on EU migrant workers.

"If the Government turns off the supply, these sectors are going to find it even harder to recruit staff given that there is almost no unemployment in some parts of the county and our working-age population is shrinking.

"We know of hotels in the Lake District where more than half the workforce is made up of EU migrants."

– Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce