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Treasury written question – answered on 25th May 2005.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who emigrated from the UK in each year from 1990 to 2004.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. John Hemming, dated 25 May 2005

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question regarding the number of people emigrating from the United Kingdom in each year since 1990. (904)

Estimates of emigration from the UK are shown in the attached table. The figures are based on the most comprehensive estimate of migration produced by the Office for National Statistics, "Total International Migration" (TIM), which is based on a number of sources. TIM estimates using the current methodology are only available from 1991 onwards and the latest estimates, for 2003, were published in the annual reference volume International Migration, Series MN no. 30, on the National Statistics website at the link below on 28th April 2005:

Total international migration(6): United Kingdom—Emigration time series 1991 to 2003
Outflow (emigration out of the UK)—All citizenships
1991 285.0
1992 281.1
1993 266.3
1994 237.6
1995 236.5
1996 263.7
1997 279.2
1998 251.5
1999 290.8
2000 320.7
2001 307.7
2002 359.4
2003 361.5

(6) Data for 1991–2002 are based mainly on data from the International Passenger Survey. Includes adjustments for (1) those whose intended length of stay changes so that their migrant status changes; (2) asylum seekers and their dependants not identified by the IPS; and (3) flows between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.


A small weighting adjustment has been applied to IPS data for 1991 to 1998. This reflects the estimated effect of applying the weighting improvements made to IPS data from 1999 onwards.

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John Hemming MP
Posted on 9 Jun 2005 10:27 pm (Report this annotation)

I have asked how many were UK citizens as well.

Ron Blake
Posted on 3 Aug 2005 7:01 pm (Report this annotation)

Do we know how many people have emigrated from the UK in the past 2 years? It seems this is an increasing trend.