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How UK compares to 70 other countries attracting economic migrants: Expert insights

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The UK is a magnet for migrants, not only from Europe but from the rest of the world. As testament to this, Polish delicatessens, Turkish barber shops and Asian grocery stories are flourishing across towns and cities; hospital staff hired by the National Health Service include many doctors and nurses from India, South Africa and China.

But Britain has signalled that it is no longer welcoming people from other parts of the world with open arms, with the #Brexit vote an indication that Brits are tired of being served in coffee shops and at supermarket tills by Serbs, Albanians and Hungarians.

This isn’t a British phenomenon; Donald Trump undoubtedly attracted support from many when he promised to build a wall between the US and Mexico and make it harder for Muslims to enter the country. In this assessment of global migration patterns, Jan Semmelroggen notes that 71 countries have net migration.

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