Cabinet Office written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people emigrated from 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 July 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to respond to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people emigrated from the UK in each of the last five years. (115500)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces estimates of long-term international migration, primarily based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS).

Please find following a table showing emigration from the UK for the last five years:

Long-term International Migration: Emigration from the UK, 2006 to 2010
2006 398,000
2007 341,000
2008 427,000
2009 368,000
2010 339,000

Long Term International Migration (LTIM) estimates are available on the ONS website:


Please refer to Table 2.01a "LTIM Citizenship 1991 - 2010", which provide estimates of the number of people who have emigrated from the UK in each of the last five years.

The IPS migrant data provide the foundation of the LTIM estimates with adjustments for asylum seekers, people whose intentions change with regard to their length of stay, and for international migration to and from Northern Ireland.

Long-term international migration data produced by the ONS applies the UN definition of someone who moves from their country of previous residence for a period of at least a year, irrespective of citizenship.

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