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Immigrants: EU Nationals

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2011, Official Report, columns 333-4W, on immigrants: EU nationals, what the original countries of birth were of those EU nationals who have entered the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated December 2011

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2011, Official Report, columns 333-4W, on immigrants: EU nationals, if he will provide a breakdown of what the original countries of birth were of those EU nationals who have entered the UK in each of the last five years (86327).

The Office for National Statistics produces estimates of long-term international migration, primarily based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS). The IPS is a continuous voluntary sample survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics.

The answer of 22 November 2011 provided long-term immigration estimates of all EU citizens who were not born in the EU for each of the last five years. It is not possible to provide a reliable breakdown of what the individual countries of birth were of EU nationals coming to the UK for each of the last five years, due to the large standard errors associated with the estimates. A migration estimate with a standard error percentage of more than 25 per cent is not considered to be reliable.

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