http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/sn06077.pdf Page 13. EU and non-EU immigration is much the same, and the overall number increase isn't that much in terms of the overall population. If: Immigrants spoke fluent English (so they weren't as "noticeable") They didn't end up stuffed into rented accommodation during a housing crisis (.gov.uk's fault) Companies didn't import cheap labour in bulk, negatively impacting specific areas & further affecting rent & house prices. I believe this is mainly .gov.uk's fault, but happy to be corrected on that assumption from someone with knowledge of employment law, housing laws, council abilities etc. Sports Direct example: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-35604776 ... then I don't think people would actually care about immigration. Nobody seems to really care about the equal number of non-EU immigrants. As it is, though, nationalism is gaining in many EU countries, and could potentially [hasten?] the downfall of the EU and result in some very unfortunate consequences.