The number of foreign-born workers in the UK has seen its biggest drop in the past year, according to official figures.
Employment data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that there were 795,000 fewer such workers in the UK in the last quarter of 2020 than a year earlier.
Overall, statistics show that the number of foreign-born people, including those classified as unemployed or economically inactive, has dropped by nearly a million.
The data cover the period of the UK victim At worst World COVID-19 mortality rates and epidemics have pushed its economy into it The biggest decline In 300 years.
It helped Unemployment rate According to ONS figures, it rose to a five-year high of 5.1% in the last three months of 2020.
Sectors such as hospitality, which previously employed large numbers of foreign workers, have been particularly hard hit.
ONS warned that the figures from the regular survey of the labor market should be “used with caution” rather than its key immigration data that has been suspended due to the epidemic.
This is because the assumptions behind them are based on pre-epidemic trends and the method of collecting data has changed.
But Jonathan Fortes, a public policy professor at King’s College London, told Reuters: “I have no doubt that we have seen an unprecedented influx of people in recent history.”
He said the way to calculate ONS data is to underestimate the number.
Statistics show that there were more than five million foreign-born workers in the UK in the first three months of December, down from 5.8 million a year earlier.
Workers in the UK were originally from the EU – which had suffered the bulk of the decline – from about half a million to about 1.9 million.
The number of people coming from outside the EU has dropped from 300,000 to about 3.1 million.
ONS data for the year 1997 shows that the number of foreign-born workers in the UK was just under 5.9 million at the beginning of 2020.