More and more Europeans are moving to Britain

There's a record number of EU nationals working in the UK

More and more Europeans are moving to Britain

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The number of EU nationals working in the UK rose by a quarter of a million over the past year to a record 2.1 million. These new figures come just five weeks before the Brexit referendum date on June 23rd.

The statistics, published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics, show that EU citizens from outside the country now comprise almost 7% of Britain’s workforce. That number was as low as 2.6% ten years ago.

257,000 long-term migrants from EU countries arrived in the year to September 2015 - this was close to passing record levels.

The number of non-nationals from outside the EU remained constant at about 3% of the workforce

The majority of new EU migrants to Britain came from Western European countries such as France, Italy and Spain.

"The reality is nine in 10 people in work are British. Over the last year the employment rate for British nationals has risen to the highest comparable level since records began," a spokesperson for the British government said.

The UK's unemployment rate is close to 5% - that's the lowest post-financial crisis level.