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Release: Short Term Migration Estimates for England and Wales, Examining the Differences between the Mid-year Short-term Immigration Estimates and the 2011 Census for England and Wales

Released: 23 May 2013


Sarah Crofts

Migration Statistics Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444849

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

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Other

Survey name(s): Census, International Passenger Survey (IPS)

  • For England and Wales, the mid-2011 estimate of short-term immigrants based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS) was 41,000 higher than the 2011 Census estimate of short-term residents (STRs).

  • Six main differences were identified between the two sets of estimates; these differences relate to how the two sources define short-term immigrants and how the estimates are produced.

  • The two sources appear to categorise short-term immigrants differently; the IPS estimated fewer short-term immigrants visiting for work and study and more short-term immigrants visiting for reasons other than work or study compared to the 2011 Census.

  • The distribution of short-term immigrant workers and students to local authorities in England and Wales is similar to the distribution of STR workers and students to local authorities in the 2011 Census.

This report examines two similar data sets on short term migration: estimates of short-term immigration for local authorities and England and Wales and estimates of short-term residents (STRs) from the 2011 Census. These two datasets differ in terms of definitions and the estimates produced and this report aims to help the user understand these differences.

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