Birmingham law firm sees 50% rise in EU immigration applications post Brexit

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Birmingham law firm sees 50% rise in EU immigration applications post Brexit


A Birmingham based law firm has told Birmingham Eastside that since Brexit the firm has seen almost a 50% increase in applications  for immigrants applying for EEA (settlement in the UK for EU citizens).

UK Migration Lawyers, the Birmingham based law firm that deals in immigration law has said that since post Brexit there has been a 50% increase in applications being submitted through the firm from EU immigrants looking for settlement in the UK. Birmingham Eastside spoke with Hajer Duwebi, a case worker at the firm who revealed these statistics.

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Image: UK Migration Lawyers office.

Duwebi said: “The lead up to the Brexit vote was a worrying time for the firm as leaving the EU would result in less immigrants as well as being much harder to process immigration requests”. However, the firm was surprised to find that since Brexit there has been a rise in applications.

Duwebi explains that this new statistic may be due to the fact that EU immigrants are trying to enter the UK before the 2019 Brexit enforcement. EU immigrants are supposedly trying to apply for settlement before the country goes into “lock down”, as put by Duwebi.

Duwebi said: “We were shocked when we started receiving more applications than usual, I mean we were happy but we expected prospective EU immigrants to be put off due to the Brexit situation. But after talking to a few of our clients we soon realised that applicants wanted to “get in” before the UK leaves the EU in 2016. Many had predicted Brexit and wanted to get their applications in regardless of the result to ensure they didn’t miss out when the UK leaves the EU”.

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Image: Hajer Duwebi (Case Worker).

The Firm chose not to disclose how many applications they are currently dealing with or have dealt with but confirm that applications have indeed risen by 50% compared to 2014-2015 applications and general inquires and phone calls about Brexit have risen by 120% since the June Referendum.

2016 has seen a record number of EU immigrants ever to be recorded with a ‘net migration’ of 185,000 new EU immigrants coming in compared to the 70,000 recorded in 2010. These new figures and the below graph show the new influx of EU immigrants:

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Published at Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:39:17 +0000

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