First estimates of foreign direct investment (FDI) based on the quarterly survey show that both net earnings and stock of FDI improved in 2016 overall.
While both the values of UK overseas FDI earnings and stocks increased, the implied rate of return continued to decline in 2016 and reached the same rate as the returns on investments in to the UK (at 4.3%) for the first time since 2008.
The rise in the value of both FDI credits and assets were supported by the depreciation in sterling throughout 2016; however, exchange rate effects only explain 15% of the rise in the value of FDI credits over the year.
Today we publish the second ONS article on migration between UK and EU countries, focussing on the 'EU8': Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia and Latvia.
Around 1.3 million EU8 citizens lived in the UK during the period 2013-15, while only 14,100 UK citizens were living in EU8 countries. The majority of EU8 citizens in the UK were of working age, and 80% of them were in employment. 40% of EU8 citizens in the UK were over-qualified for the job they were doing.
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