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EU Accession States

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of individuals that have arrived in the UK from the new European Union member states since 1 May 2004 are employed. (95006)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 October 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the numbers and percentages of people who arrived from the new EU countries to the UK since 2004. (95006)

The attached table gives the numbers of people and employment rates for the 3 month period ending June 2006. The estimates in the table relate to people who were born in the 10 accession countries, and who gave their year of arrival in the United Kingdom as either 2004 or 2005. Comparable statistics are not yet available for 2006.

Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Number and percentage of people whose country of birth is from the ten countries which acceded to the EU in 2004, and whose year of arrival in the United Kingdom was 2004 and 20051 United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted , three months ending June 2006

Total A10 countries5

Total population2 (Thousand)


In employment of working age3 (Thousand)


Employment rates4 (Percentage)


1 Year of arrival in the UK for the years 2004, 2005.

2 Population in private households, student halls of residence and NHS accommodation and includes people under aged 16 and those above working age.

3 Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.

4 Total in employment of working age as a percentage all of working age.

5 The ten EEC accession countries are: Malta, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.


ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)