GETTY FILE PICTUREThe number of EU migrants applying to become au pairs has fallen
New figures suggest the number of young Europeans signing up to become au pairs in the UK has fallen by up to half since 2015.
Experts have blamed the change on last year's historic vote to quit the European Union (EU).
They say au pairs have been deterred from moving to the UK, and are instead picking EU countries such as Ireland.Related articles
Rebecca Haworth-Wood, chairwoman of the British Au Pair Agencies Association (BAPAA), said: "Brexit has really damaged us.
"Many families rely on au pairs but this year our agencies are struggling to find them.
"Europeans are just less willing to come because Britain is perceived to be anti-foreigner. They want to go to families in places like Ireland instead."
GETTY FILE PICTUREMiddle-class families could be hit with a shortage of au pairs
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5