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Release: Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, February 2014

Released: 27 February 2014 (Latest) Next edition: 22 May 2014

Contact

Sarah Crofts

Migration Statistics Unit

Migstatsunit@ONS.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444097

Categories: Population, Migration, International Migration, Long-term Migrants

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

  • There was an estimated net flow of 212,000 long-term migrants to the UK in the year ending September 2013, a statistically significant increase from 154,000 in the previous year.
  • 532,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending September 2013, not a statistically significant difference from 497,000 the previous year. 60,000 more EU citizens and 25,000 fewer non-EU citizens immigrated to the UK than the previous year.
  • 320,000 emigrants left the UK in the year ending September 2013. This is not a statistically significant difference from the 343,000 in the previous year. 12,000 fewer British citizens, 6,000 fewer EU citizens and 5,000 fewer non-EU citizens emigrated.
  • 209,000 EU citizens immigrated in the year ending September 2013, a statistically significant increase from 149,000 the previous year. 40,000 more EU citizens arrived for work than the previous year, another statistically significant increase.
  • 65,000 EU15 citizens arrived to work in the year ending September 2013 - a statistically significant increase of 23,000 compared to the previous year.
  • National Insurance number registrations to adult overseas nationals entering the UK increased by 19% to 617,000 in the year ending December 2013. Highest increases were for citizens of Poland, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
  • There was a statistically significant increase in immigration of EU2 (Romanian and Bulgarian) citizens to 24,000 in the year ending September 2013 from 9,000 in the previous year. An estimated 70% arrived for work and 30% for study.
  • Immigration of non-EU citizens saw a statistically significant decrease to 244,000 in the year ending September 2013 from 269,000 the previous year. This is due to fewer New Commonwealth citizens migrating to the UK for formal study.
  • In 2013 there were increases in grants of work visas (+9,750, including + 4,777 short term skilled workers) and of study visas (+9,024, with increased applications for the university sector). There was also a fall in family visas granted (-7,202).
  • There was an 8% increase in asylum applications in 2013 (23,507) compared with 2012 (21,843), although well below the 2002 level (84,132). The increase in 2013 was particularly driven by rises from Syria (+681), Eritrea (+649) and Albania (+507).

Quarterly summary of migration trends, including links to new data from ONS, DWP, the Home Office and NRS. Data associated with this report include; provisional Long-Term International Migration (LTIM) and provisional International Passenger Survey (IPS) estimates of long term international migration, National Insurance number allocations to adult overseas nationals and control of immigration data. Other data released alongside the report include; population by country of birth and nationality and interregional migration.

Supporting material (Long-Term International Migration)

The International Migration Timeline

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) and Background notes (215.5 Kb Pdf)

Final Long Term International Migration Reference Tables 2012

Long-term International Migration estimates methodology (1.15 Mb Pdf)

Quality and Methodology Information (145.2 Kb Pdf)

International Passenger Survey: Quality Information in Relation to Migration Flows (406.5 Kb Pdf)

Other Migration Information:

Short-term International Migration

Short-term international migration annual report

Short-term international migration reference tables

Short-term International Migration Supporting material

Short-term international migration methodology - national estimates

Short-term international migration methodology - local authority estimate

Short-term international migration - frequently asked questions

Quality and Methodology Information 

Population by Country of Birth and Nationality

Population by Country of Birth and Nationality and Migration Indicators Suite are no longer updated quarterly. The url links to these below are to the latest available data and information

Population by Country of Birth and Nationality Report

Population by Country of Birth and Nationality tables (263.5 Kb Excel sheet)

Underlying Datasets for Country of Birth and Nationality tables (2.08 Mb Excel sheet)

Supporting material (Population by Country of Birth and Nationality Dataset)

Population by Country of Birth and Nationality FAQs

Quality and Methodology Information

Local Area Migration Indicators

Local Area Migration Indicators data (5.67 Mb Excel sheet)

Quality and Methodology Information

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