Two million workers have left Britain, warns MP

A senior Conservative MP has warned that two million people of working age have emigrated from Britain, creating a 'talent drain'.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

The secretary of the 1922 Committee of influential backbench MPs, Nick de Bois, has said that the UK is in urgent need of a ‘culture change’ to try and persuade talent not to flow out of the country.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (obtained by de Bois) showed that in the decade to 2011, 3.6 million people left the UK permanently. And whilst you might imagine that most of those were retired people moving to sunnier climes, the stats show that almost 2 million of those emigrants were aged between 25 and 44. Just 125,000 were of retirement age.

De Bois said: ‘Our most economically active are leaving to apply their talents elsewhere’, and said that they were attracted to the ‘growth economies’ instead of the UK.

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