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UK sees significant increase in long term migration

by Ray Clancy on September 1, 2014

Net long term migration to the UK is increasing despite attempts by the government to reduce the number of people arriving, especially from outside of the European Union.

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show an estimated 243,000 arrivals in the year ending March 2014, a statistically significant increase from 175,000 in the previous 12 months.

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There were an estimated 243,000 UK arrivals in the year ending March 2014

While net migration has increased since the most recent low of 154,000 in the year ending September 2012, it remains below the peak of 320,000 in the year ending June 2005.

Overall, some 560,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending March 2014, a statistically significant increase from 492,000 in the previous 12 months. Two thirds of the increase is accounted for by immigration of EU citizens, which increased by 44,000 to 214,000.

The data also shows that an estimated 316,000 people emigrated from the UK in the year ending March 2014. Long term emigration has been relatively stable since 2010.

Some 28,000 Romanian and Bulgarian citizens immigrated to the UK in the year ending March 2014, a statistically significant increase from 12,000 in the previous 12 months.

There was also a statistically significant increase in immigration for work, with the data showing an increase of 38,000 to 228,000, driven by increases for EU15 and EU2 citizens. Estimated employment of EU citizens was 17% higher in April to June 2014, compared to the same quarter in 2013.

Immigration for study remained stable at 177,000 in the year ending March 2014. Study visas granted in year ending June 2014 rose 7%, reflecting higher levels of university- sponsored applications, but applications for other education sectors fell.

Some 265,000 non-EU citizens immigrated to the UK in the year ending March 2014, which ended a steady decline since the recent peak of 334,000 in 2011.

Work visas increased by 14,799, or 10%, while study visas increased by 13,885, or 7%, in the year ending June 2014 compared to the previous year, following a decline since 2011. The increase in work visas was largely accounted for by skilled work, which saw a rise of 11,744.

There were 23,479 asylum applications in the year ending June 2014, similar to the previous 12 months’ numbers of 23,523, but still low relative to the 2002 peak of 84,132.

Prime Minister David Cameron had previously pledged to reduce net migration to tens of thousands by 2015, but immigration and security minister James Brokenshire acknowledged that hitting the target would be challenging because of the increase in migration from inside the EU.

Ministers have no powers to stop the free movement of European workers. ‘Uncontrolled, mass immigration makes it difficult to maintain social cohesion, puts pressure on public services and forces down wages. That’s why our focus remains on controlling migration at sustainable levels,’ said Brokenshire.

 

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