UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)



Tallinn in Estonia

Estonia has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004. A brief overview of the country’s political system, trade and economy and Estonia as an EU member state can be viewed on the official website of the European Union. According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 13.000 of Estonians living in the UK in 2018. The Embassy of Estonia estimates the number of Estonian citizens living in the UK as between 15.000-20.000 of which around 3000 to 5000 live in London. These numbers look very modest when compared to the immigrant populations from most of the other E8 and E2 countries to the UK. The post EU accession migration to the UK from the EU8 and EU2 countries has been driven predominantly by economic factors and motivations. Estonian's main destination countries for working abroad are the country's closest neighbours: Finland, Sweeden and Russia, rather than the UK (see Estonians working abroad / Siim Krusell in Estonian Human Development Report 2014/2015). For a brief overview of the Estonian-UK relations see the Embassy of Estonia in London: Bilateral Relations



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  • Eesti Hääl - Estonian News - a monthly published since 1947 by the Association of Estonians in Great Britain. News, events and activities for Estonians in the UK. 

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