Higher number of visas issued in the UK for work in 2013

by Ray Clancy on March 6, 2014

More people arrived in the UK to live and work in the 12 months to the end of September 2013 than in the previous year, the latest immigration statistics show.

There was an estimated net flow of 212,000 long term migrants to the UK in the year ending September 2013, a statistically significant increase from 154,000 in the previous year.


The biggest increase in people arriving in the UK to work came from Poland, Spain, Italy and Portugal

Overall 532,000 people immigrated to the UK in the period, not a statistically significant difference from 497,000 the previous year.

However, some 60,000 more European Union citizens and 25,000 fewer non-EU citizens immigrated to the UK than the previous year.

The data also shows that more EU citizens arrived for work than the previous year, some 65,000, a significant increase of 23,000 compared to the previous year.

Those coming to work must register for a National Insurance number and registrations by adult overseas nationals entering the UK increased by 19% to 617,000 in the year ending December 2013.

The biggest increase in people arriving in the UK to work came from Poland, Spain, Italy and Portugal. There was also statistically significant increase in immigration of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens up from 9,000 to 24,000 in the year ending September 2013. An estimated 70% arrived for work and 30% for study.

There was a drop in people arriving from outside of the EU, down from 269,000 to 244,000. The data shows this was due to fewer New Commonwealth citizens migrating to the UK for formal study.

In 2013, there was a 9,750 increase in the number of visas for work granted including a rise of 4,777 short term skilled workers. Visa for students also increased, up 9,024, with increased applications for the university sector. But there was also a fall in the number of family visas granted of 7,202.

The data also shows there was an 8% increase in asylum applications in 2013, up from 21,843 in 2012 to 23,507, although well below the 2002 level of 84,132. The increase in 2013 was particularly driven by rises from Syria, up 681, Eritrea up 649 and Albania up 507.

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