Immigration: Commonwealth

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th December 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) how levels of immigration from Commonwealth categories have changed in each of the last five years;

(2) how many seasonal workers have entered the UK from (a) inside and (b) outside the EU for work over the Christmas period 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 Glen Watson, dated December 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to respond to your recent Parliamentary Questions 1) how levels of immigration from Commonwealth categories have changed in each of the last five years. (131987), and 2) how many seasonal workers have entered the UK from (a) inside and (b) outside the EU for work over the Christmas period in each of the last five years. (131990)

The Office for National Statistics {ONS) produces estimates of long-term international migration (LTIM). ONS uses the UN definition of a long-term migrant in that a person who changes their country of usual residence for a period of 12 months or more. LTIM data is primarily based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS).

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

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-280889

Table 1 provides a summary of immigration from the Commonwealth countries in each of the last five years. This has been taken from Table 2.02 "LTIM Country of Last or Next Residence, 1991-2011", which provides estimates of immigration by country groupings.

ONS does not collect any information specifically on seasonal workers entering the UK for work over the Christmas period.

Table 2.02, Series MN

Long-Term International Migration, time series 1991 to 2011, country of last or next residence
Thousand
    Commonwealth
      Old Commonwealth New Commonwealth
  All All All Australia Canada New Zealand South Africa All Other African Indian Subcontinent Other
United Kingdom                      
Inflow                      
2007 354 200 65 31 6 10 17 135 24 95 16
2008 366 196 68 29 10 9 20 128 31 80 17
2009 368 204 56 29 8 8 11 148 31 101 16
2010 383 219 57 30 9 11 7 162 23 121 19
2011 363 204 51 26 9 8 8 153 19 122 12
                       
England and Wales                      
Inflow                      
2007 330 187 60 29 6 10 15 126 23 88 16
2008 329 183 61 27 6 8 19 122 29 78 16
2009 339 188 46 25 7 6 7 143 30 97 16
2010 353 205 53 28 7 10 7 152 21 114 17
2011 336 191 46 24 8 7 7 145 18 116 11
Notes: 1. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 2. Please note: From 2004 onwards, All, New and Other Commonwealth exclude Malta and Cyprus. Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS), Home Office, Central Statistics Office (CSO) Ireland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)

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