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Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Department written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of other EU member states have been (a) admitted and (b) refused entry to the UK under Regulation 11(2) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 in each year since 2006.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

The available estimates of EEA and Swiss national passengers admitted to the UK in each year since 2006 are given in the following table:

  EEA and Swiss passenger arrivals (million)
2006 22.3
2007 24.2
2008 24.6
2009 26.7
2010 28.1
2011 29.8
Source: Table ad.01

These figures encompass all arrivals, including visitors, and transit passengers. It is not possible to separately identify EU nationals within the estimates of passenger admissions.

Published figures of EU passengers initially refused entry to the UK in each year since 2006 are as follows:

  EU passengers initially refused entry
2006 510
2007 720
2008 552
2009 467
2010 463
2011 558
Source: Table be.08

Figures for 2011 are provisional and 2006 excludes Bulgaria and Romania, who joined the EU in 2007.

EU nationals can only be refused entry to the UK on the basis of public policy, public security or public health and such cases are assessed on an individual basis.

Latest figures are available in Tables ad.01 and be.08 of the release ‘Immigration Statistics, July to September 2012’ which is available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science website at:

Estimates of passenger arrivals for 2012 are planned for publication on 29 August 2013, while figures for passengers initially refused entry in 2012 will be published on 28 February 2013.

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