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British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many British nationals worked in each other EU member state in each of the last 10 years, for part or all of that year; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated November 2011

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many British nationals have been employed in other EU member states over the last ten years. The requested information is available in the following table (82500).

The data comes from the Labour Force Survey and is transmitted on a voluntary basis by the EU Member States to Eurostat (the European Union's statistical office). As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Employment by citizenship: UK citizens (aged 15 to 64) working in other EU27 member states
Persons (thousand)
Country 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Belgium 8.5 13.0 14.0 7.2 11.7 10.8 10.5 9.5 9.6 11.3 10.0
Bulgaria 0.1 0.3 0.1
Czech Republic 0.5 0.4 1.3 0.7 1.0 0.6 0.9 1.9 1.7
Denmark 6.1 6.5 6.8 9.7 6.3 5.9 6.4 6.1 7.3 9.9 8.1
Germany 72.4 68.7 58.2 74.2 68.8 55.4 64.6 62.1 62.1 56.7 58.4
Estonia 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.1
Ireland 31.7 37.6 38.0 42.0 39.6 51.6 41.4 54.8 47.8 37.6
Greece 1.6 2.3 1.4 3.4 2.7 3.1 2.9 2.5 2.8 2.0 2.4
Spain 28.0 39.5 41.9 30.4 37.4 50.7 54.5 55.7 51.0 54.5 62.2
France 29.0 28.2 34.4 18.1 24.3 28.2 27.7 25.9 33.7 37.4 47.5
Italy 10.8 10.9 6.6 9.3 11.4 n/a
Cyprus 5.4 3.8 2.8 3.2 3.5 3.9 4.8 5.0 5.7 5.0 5.4
Latvia 0.3
Lithuania 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.1
Luxembourg 2.0 1.5 1.9 1.9 2.1 2.5 2.7 2.6 2.7 3.2 4.5
Hungary 1.0 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.4 0.5
Malta 1.1 1.3 1.2 1.1 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.1 1.3 1.3 1.4
Netherlands 34.5 32.9 30.0 31.6 24.2 22.8 22.7 26.1 26.2 24.3 n/a
Austria 1.8 3.1 1.8 5.0 3.8 4.2 3.6 3.9 3.6 3.9 4.9
Poland 0.3 0.5 1.9 1.2 0.6 0.2
Portugal 0.6 1.7 3.0 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.5 1.5 3.3 4.1 1.6
Rumania 0.4 0.6
Slovenia 0.0 0.0
Slovakia 0.4 0.6
Finland 0.7 1.4 1.3 0.4 1.1 0.6 1.3 1.8 1.5 0.9 1.4
Sweden 8.8 9.3 7.3 8.2 9.0 9.3 9.5 8.3 8.3 10.0 10.6

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