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Release: Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, August 2013

Released: 29 August 2013 Next edition: 28 November 2013

Contact

Sarah Crofts

Migration Statistics Unit

Migstatsunit@ONS.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444097

Categories: Population, Migration, International Migration

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Other

  • Latest provisional data show that there was a net flow of 176,000 Long-Term migrants to the UK in the year ending December 2012. This is lower than the estimate of 215,000 in the year to December 2011, but it is not a statistically significant fall.
  • 497,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending December 2012, which is a statistically significant decline from the 566,000 who immigrated during the previous year. This decrease has caused the fall in net migration.
  • 321,000 emigrants left the UK in the year ending December 2012, which is a statistically significant decrease from the 351,000 who emigrated during the previous year.
  • Net migration has increased in the year ending December 2012 when compared to the year ending September 2012, when it stood at 153,000. This increase suggests the decline seen in net migration on a rolling quarterly basis since the year ending June 2011 has not continued.
  • Immigration of New Commonwealth citizens decreased significantly from 151,000 in the year ending December 2011 to 97,000 in the year ending December 2012.
  • 180,000 immigrants arrived in the UK for formal study in the year ending December 2012; this is similar to the 179,000 immigrants who arrived in the UK for work related reasons.
  • 181,000 people migrated away from the UK for work related reasons in the year ending December 2012, a statistically significant decrease compared to 201,000 people who emigrated for this reason the year previously.
  • The number of visas issued, excluding visitor and transit visas, was 501,840 in the year ending June 2013, 4% lower than the previous year (520,073).  However, this was slightly up on the year ending March 2013 (499,641).
  • In the year ending June 2013, there were 204,469 study visas issued (excluding student visitors), a fall of 5% compared with the previous year.
  • Sponsored study visas applications fell 2% in the year ending June 2013. This change was not uniform, with a 4% increase for the university sector and falls of 25%, 16% and 3%, respectively, for further education, English language schools and independent schools.
  • 562,000 National Insurance numbers (NINos) were allocated to non-UK nationals in the year to March 2013, a decrease of 6% on the year to March 2012

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

Final Long Term International Migration Reference Tables 2011

FAQs - Long Term International Migration (212.7 Kb Pdf)

Background Notes to data (376.7 Kb Pdf)

Long-term International Migration estimates methodology (1.17 Mb Pdf)

Quality and Methodology Information (329.4 Kb Pdf) (131.8 Kb Pdf)

International Passenger Survey: Quality Information in Relation to Migration Flows (280.2 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 (1.55 Mb Pdf)

Short-term international migration methodology - local authority estimate (437.7 Kb Pdf)

Short-term international migration - frequently asked questions (136.5 Kb Pdf)

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 (128 Kb Pdf)

Quality and Methodology Information (135.6 Kb Pdf)

Local Area Migration Indicators

Local Area Migration Indicators data (5.67 Mb Excel sheet)

Local Area Migration Indicators Metadata (85.9 Kb Pdf)

Quality and Methodology Information (120 Kb Pdf)  

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