More than 400,000 Romanians live in UK, becoming the second non-British nationality

Sorin Melenciuc 28/05/2018 | 12:34

The number of Romanians living in United Kingdom rose by 25 percent in 2017 to 411,000, the second-largest non-British nationality of the country, according to BBC.

Romanians are already the largest foreign nationality in Italy and Spain, with around one million residents in both countries. Around 3.4 million Romanians have gone abroad between 2007 and 2015 to escape poverty and corruption in their country, according to a UN International Migration Report.

UK’s office for statistics says Poland remains the most common non-UK nationality, with an estimated one million Polish people living in the UK.

After Romania, third place goes to the Republic of Ireland, with 350,000 nationals in the UK, while India falls to fourth with 346,000 nationals in the UK – a place formerly held by Romania.

For the growing number of Romanians coming to Britain, the attraction is mainly the ability to work and earn more than they would do in their home country, BBC points out.

Of the 65.2 million residents in the UK, 6.2 million were non-UK nationals in 2017.

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