Brexit has deterred Europeans from moving to the UK, research claims.
Analysis by reallymoving.com – based on 115,388 estimates for international removal quotes on its comparison website – found that 23% of users were moving from the European Union to the UK, down from 42% in June 2016.
The UK now accounts for 22% of all moving destinations arranged through the website, down from 66% in June 2016.
Rob Houghton, chief executive of reallymoving, said: “The withdrawal agreement, as it stands, would bring the free movement of people to an end, making it more difficult and expensive for EU workers to come to the UK.
“This has clearly had a significant impact on the decisions people have made about where to settle over the last almost three years, dramatically reducing the flow of people from the continent into the UK.
“Uncertainty over our jobs market and the rights of EU workers in the UK, as well as British citizens in Europe, is encouraging EU residents to look for opportunities elsewhere, in countries where they can settle without the risk of upheaval in the near future.”