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asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many persons were given leave to enter the United Kingdom in employment-related categories in 2004; and what number they estimate will be admitted in each of the five years 2005 to 2009, following the changes to the work schemes announced in Controlling our Borders: Making Managed Migration Work for Britain.
The latest published data relate to 2003 and are shown in the table. In a flexible and dynamic labour market, such as that of the UK, it is impractical to make forecasts of this nature. The Government's plans for changes to the work schemes are outlined in Controlling our Borders: Making Migration Work for Britain, the five-year plan for asylum and immigration. The Government are committed to ensuring that UK employers have access to the skills and experience they need in order to maximise the economic benefits to the UK from migration. Skilled migrant workers should be enabled to fill vacancies which cannot be filled from within the UK or EU. Data for 2004 will be published in the Home Office statistical bulletin Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom, 2004 in August 2005. Further information on immigration can be found in the Command Paper Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2003 (Cm 6363), available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/commandpubs1.html.
|Passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom by selected purpose of journey, excluding EEA nationals, 2003|
|Passengers admitted by selected purpose of|
|Work permit holders (inc deps) of which:||119,000|
|Seasonal Agricultural Workers||20,700|
|Diplomats, consular officers or persons on foreign and Commonwealth government mission||17,000|