Immigration

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th September 2012.

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Photo of Lord King of West Bromwich Lord King of West Bromwich Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have entered the United Kingdom in each of the last five years from (1) the European Union, (2) the Commonwealth, and (3) the rest of the world.

Photo of Lord Newby Lord Newby Lords Spokesperson (HM Treasury) (Whip), Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

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

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to respond to your parliamentary Question to Her Majesty's Government, asking how many people have entered the United Kingdom in each of the last five years from (1) the European Union, (2) the Commonwealth, and (3) the rest of the world [HL1752].

Estimates are published in two forms: first, the number of overseas travel and tourism visits to the UK of less than 12 months in duration which are completed in the reporting year and are based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS); and, secondly, the number of people migrating to the UK for 12 months or more (long-term international migration) during the reporting year and are based on the IPS plus adjustments. The most recent year for which both sets of estimates are available is 2010.

Table 1: Number of visits to the UK (in '000s) in the last five years

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
European Union 21214 21800 21610 20307 20244
Commonwealth 3557 3403 3415 3027 3174
Rest of the World 7942 7576 6862 6555 6385

Source: International Passenger Survey

Table 2: Number of people migrating to the UK (in '000s) in the last five years

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
European Union 210 220 224 198 208
Commonwealth 219 200 196 204 219
Rest of the World 167 154 171 164 163

Source: Long-Term International Migration (LTIM)

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