UK: Population rises 250,000 with arrivals from India and Africa
February 23rd 2012
A quarter of a million people were added to Britain’s population last year because of migration as the number of arrivals from the Indian subcontinent and Africa hit a record high.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that net immigration in the year to June 2011 was 250,000, up 15,000 up on the total 12 months earlier and only slightly below the all-time peak recorded in September. The total is way above the Government’s target of cutting the migrant inflow to below 100,000.
One of the main reasons for the continuing large numbers of arrivals is that immigration from the “New Commonwealth” rose to a new peak of 170,000. Three-quarters of these came from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. Others arrived from African countries such as Nigeria and Kenya. Two thirds came to study.
Arrivals from eastern Europe were lower with 86,000 coming here and 40,000 departing, giving a net inflow of 46,000. Net immigration from other European countries such as France and Germany totalled 33,000.
Those figures contribute to an overall total of 593,000 people migrating into Britain. Of these, 330,000 came from outside the EU – the group which could be cut by the Government’s immigration reforms. A further 88,000 were returning British citizens.
In the opposite direction, total emigration was 343,000. These included 143,000 Britons, up by 15,000 on a year earlier, and 104,000 nationals from countries outside Europe.
Statistics for migrants requiring visas show that 149,000 of those coming here last year – roughly one in four of the total inflow – came for work-related reasons. This was down seven per cent.
Although student visas remain the biggest cause of immigration, the numbers issued have fallen.
Meanwhile, other figures published today by the Home Office show that asylum applications rose 11 per cent last year to 19,804, compared with 17,916 in 2010.
Source: London Evening Standard
Office for National Statistics: Migration Statistics Quarterly Report
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