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UK Migration Nearly Doubles in a Year

by Ray Clancy on February 27, 2015

Net long term migration to the UK was estimated to be 298,000 in the year ending September 2014, an increase of 42% in a 12 month period.

But the latest figures from the UK government show that migration levels are below the peak of 320,000 in the year ending June 2005 and Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said it is due to more people arriving from the European Union.

ukmapThe figures have put a huge dent in the government’s plans to reduce immigration as the figures are still substantially above the target of 100,000 set almost five years ago.

Net migration is the difference between the number of people who come to live in the UK for at least a year and the number who are leaving for at least a year.

A breakdown of the data shows that 624,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending September 2014, up from 530,000 in the previous 12 months. Numbers of non-EU citizens increased by 49,000 to 292,000) and EU citizens were up 43,000 to 251,000.

Immigration of British citizens increased by 4,000 to 82,000, but this change was not statistically significant. An estimated 327,000 people emigrated from the UK in the year ending September 2014. Overall emigration levels have been relatively stable since 2010.

Some 271,000 people immigrated for work in the year ending September 2014, an increase of 54,000 compared with a year earlier. This continues the rise since the year ending June 2012. The increase over the past year applied to both non-EU and EU citizens, as well as British citizens.

Over the same period work related visas granted rose by 8,833 or 8% to 115,680, largely reflecting a 6,142 or 14% increase for skilled work.

Some 37,000 Romanian and Bulgarian citizens immigrated to the UK in the year ending September 2014, up from 24,000 in the previous 12 months. Of these, 27,000 were coming for work, a rise of 10,000 on year ending September 2013.

Immigration for study increased from 175,000 to 192,000 in the year ending September 2014 and over the same period, visa applications to study at a UK university rose 2% to 171,065.

The number of immigrants arriving to accompany or join others showed a statistically significant increase, from 66,000 to 90,000 in the year ending September 2014.

Lord Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, described the figures as disappointing for the public. ‘The additional pressure on housing and public services is clearly unmanageable.
Those who never wanted to see net migration brought down will now claim that efforts to reduce numbers should be abandoned. On the contrary, this outcome is a wakeup call to redouble efforts to tackle mass immigration,’ he said.

‘If political leaders are content with net migration of 300,000, they should say so. Otherwise they should pledge to continue with a target and set out policies to achieve it. One major issue is non-EU students who are arriving at an average of 150,000 a year but only 50,000 a year are leaving,’ he explained.

‘A problem as serious as this requires serious money. We call on all political parties to double the resources available for immigration control, which now account for only 0.25% of government expenditure,’ he added.

 

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