Migration Statistics Unit
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444097
Frequency of release: Quarterly
Geographical coverage: UK
Geographical breakdown: Other
Latest provisional data show that there was a net flow of 153,000 migrants to the UK in the year ending September 2012, which is significantly lower than the net flow of 242,000 in the year ending September 2011.
500,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending September 2012, which is significantly lower than the 581,000 who migrated the previous year. This decrease has caused the fall in net migration.
347,000 emigrants left the UK in the year ending September 2012, similar to the estimate of 339,000 in the year to September 2011.
There was a decrease in the number of citizens immigrating to the UK from New Commonwealth countries. 105,000 citizens of New Commonwealth countries immigrated to the UK in the year ending September 2012; significantly lower than 166,000 the previous year.
190,000 migrants arrived to study in the year to September 2012, which is significantly lower than 246,000 in the previous year. Study remains the most common reason stated for migrating to the UK.
There was a significant decrease in the number of migrants arriving whose main reason was to accompany or join others. This fell to 62,000 in the year ending September 2012, from 80,000 in the year ending September 2011.
Excluding visitor and transit visas, the number of visas issued fell 6% to 499,780 in the year ending March 2013 (compared with 529,905 in the previous 12 months), the lowest 12-monthly total recorded using comparable data available from 2005.
In the year to March 2013, there were 206,814 visas issued for the purpose of study (excluding student visitors), a fall of 9% compared with the previous 12 months.
Sponsored student visas applications fell 10% in the year ending March 2013. This change was not uniform, with a 5% increase for the university sector and falls of 46%, 46% and 7% for further education, English language schools and independent schools, respectively.
Quarterly summary of migration trends, including links to data from ONS, DWP and the Home Office. 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.
FAQs - Long Term International Migration (212.7 Kb Pdf) (149.6 Kb Pdf)
Background Notes to data (376.7 Kb Pdf)
Long-term International Migration estimates methodology (1.17 Mb Pdf)
Quality and Methodology Information (131.8 Kb Pdf)
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 tables (252 Kb Excel sheet)
Underlying Datasets for Country of Birth and Nationality tables (2.08 Mb Excel sheet)
Population by Country of Birth and Nationality FAQs (128 Kb Pdf)
Quality and Methodology Information (135.6 Kb Pdf)
Local Area Migration Indicators data (6.6 Mb Excel sheet)
Local Area Migration Indicators Metadata (85.9 Kb Pdf)
Quality and Methodology Information (120 Kb Pdf)
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