For every immigrant, there’s an emigrant
Emigration is not a one-way flow: Western citizens leave their home countries too. Today, at least 5.6 million British citizens live permanently abroad. And while some of them may prefer to call themselves “expatriates”, 40% of these emigrants – an estimated 2.2 million UK citizens – are EU migrants by any other name. That balances neatly with the 2.3 million EU migrants from other states who have come to the UK.