Friday, 30 June 2017

The impact of migration: "More people move to East Devon than nearly anywhere else in the UK"

Sidmouth and East Devon are clearly very nice places to visit and live in:
​Devon coast path tops list of Britain's best-loved walks | Devon Live
Sidmouth Folk Festival awarded prestigious blue plaque for contribution to music | Devon Live
Here's what is on the line-up for the summer season at the Sidmouth Manor Pavilion Theatre | Devon Live

This has created huge demographic problems, though:

More people move to East Devon than nearly anywhere else in the UK

By Zoe_Stevens | Posted: June 22, 2017

People moving to East Devon increased the population by almost 2,500 people - more than almost anywhere else in England and Wales.

An estimated 8,316 people moved to East Devon from elsewhere in the UK between July 2015 and June 2016. This compared to 5,848 who went the other way during this time, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

This meant that an extra 2,468 people moved to East Devon than left - the second highest figure anywhere out of almost 350 counties and districts around England and Wales.

Migration from within the two countries is having more of an impact in East Devon than anywhere else.

As of June 2016 there were 139,908 people in East Devon, meaning that 1.8 per cent of the population was made up of people who had just moved to the county from elsewhere within Britain. This was the highest share out of anywhere in England and Wales.

The most popular destination for people to move to East Devon from was Exeter. A total of 700 people were estimated to have moved from East Devon to Exeter after subtracting those that went the other way, more than anywhere else.

More people move to East Devon than nearly anywhere else in UK | Devon Live

Interestingly, whilst the focus on 'migration' tends to be on those outside the UK:
Futures Forum: The general election in the West Country: the issues >>> immigration

- on the one hand, this part of the UK seems to be dependent on non-UK migrants:
Futures Forum: Brexit: and cheap labour for the hospitality and care industries
Futures Forum: Brexit: and migrant workers in care homes and hotels >>> Who will take care of us "when the immigrants leave?"
Futures Forum: Brexit: and an uncertain future for the hospitality industry 
Futures Forum: Brexit: and caring for the elderly
Futures Forum: Brexit: and East Europeans in the West Country
Futures Forum: Brexit: and low-skilled migrant workers: "There are parts of the country where unemployment is really, really low [such as Exeter]. Many of the young unemployed people are on the other side of the country and they are not going to come down to Exeter, and they don't."
Futures Forum: Population and migration: care for the elderly

- and on the other hand, there are more migrants from within the UK 'putting pressure on local services' here in East Devon:
Futures Forum: Brexit: and migrating to Devon
Futures Forum: Migration, Sidmouth and East Devon

The Telegraph looked at this recently:
Seven things you did not know about migration in the UK - Telegraph

And the Neighbourhood Plan is also looking at it:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan > Hello young adults: have your say!
Futures Forum: Maintaining a balanced community in Sidmouth

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