According to the British Ministry of Labour, in 2021 13,551 Portuguese had registered for Social Security, a requirement to be able to work or receive social support in the country and an indicator used to calculate demographic flows for the country.
Since 2016, the year in which 52% of British voters voted in a referendum in favour of leaving the European Union ('Brexit'), European immigration has dropped sharply from a peak of 32,301 registrations in 2015.
The Portuguese community in the UK is estimated to be around 400,000 people, most of whom settled in the 2010s as a result of the wave of emigration caused by the financial crisis.
Statistics from the British Ministry of Labour show that around 226,000 Portuguese registered between 2011 and 2019 with British Social Security.
In The Portugal News