Migration Statistics Unit
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Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Local Authority
Short-term international emigration was higher than short-term international immigration in mid-2012: 225,000 visits were made to England and Wales for 3-12 months, compared to 351,000 visits away from England and Wales for 3-12 months.
8 out of every 10 short-term international visits for 3-12 months made by England and Wales residents away from the UK in mid-2012 were for ‘other’ reasons, such as holidays and travelling and visiting family.
Short-term international emigration for 3-12 months by England and Wales residents aged 65 and over was 66,000 in mid-2012, a statistically significant increase from 39,000 the previous year and the highest estimate since mid-2008.
France and India were the most common countries visited by England and Wales residents for 3-12 months in mid-2012.
4 out of every 10 short-term international visits to England and Wales for 3-12 months were for ‘other’ reasons, such as holidays and visiting family, with a further 3 in 10 visits made to study (63,000 visits).
2 out of every 10 short-term international visits to England and Wales for 3-12 months were for employment in mid-2012 (47,000 visits), with a further 1 in 10 (22,000 visits) made on business for an overseas employer.
India and Poland were the most common countries of residence for short-term migrants visiting England and Wales for 3-12 months.
202,000 short-term (less than 1 year) visas were issued in 2013 (work, study and student visitor categories); this figure has gradually increased from 139,000 in 2009. The majority of short-term visas in 2013 were issued to nationals of Asian countries (107,000).
Local authorities in London had the highest estimates of short-term international immigration for both employment and study in mid-2012.
Estimates of Short-Term International Migration to and from the UK for England and Wales, by main reason for migration, age, sex and citizenship.
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