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Migrant Workers: Foreign Students

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many foreign students received visas to enter the United Kingdom to work as seasonal workers in agriculture in each of the last 10 years, broken down by nation and region of origin; and if she will make a statement. (132079)

The following table displays the number of visas issued to non-EU students who applied to enter the United Kingdom to work as seasonal agricultural workers, from 2002 to 2006. The results are broken down according to the location of our missions overseas (country and region). There are no available reliable UK Visas statistics for applications made prior to 2002.

Region

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Australia and South Pacific

0

0

0

0

0

Central Europe and former Soviet Union

416

914

2,162

10307

14,248

Albania

0

0

110

106

46

Armenia

0

0

7

31

73

Bulgaria

1

0

0

2,301

3,362

Belarus

0

0

0

2

0

Croatia

0

0

1

0

0

Czech Republic

10

19

8

5

1

Estonia

0

0

0

0

2

Georgia

0

0

67

110

85

Hungary

0

0

5

0

2

Kazakhstan

19

0

3

1

0

Latvia

16

3

1

0

1

Lithuania

0

3

0

2

0

Macedonia

97

56

55

54

125

Moldova

0

0

40

911

857

Romania

243

0

0

317

1,940

Russia

30

753

1,838

2,347

2,548

Serbia

0

0

21

44

88

Slovakia

0

0

0

2

0

Turkmenistan

0

0

6

14

6

Ukraine

0

80

0

4,060

5,112

Equatorial Africa

1

0

0

8

19

Ghana

1

0

0

7

19

Nigeria

0

0

0

1

0

Far East

41

86

5

1

0

China

41

41

0

0

0

Mongolia

0

45

5

1

0

Latin America

0

0

0

0

0

Middle East

0

0

0

0

0

North America

0

0

0

0

0

North and North East Africa

2

0

0

2

2

Egypt

0

0

0

0

2

Tunisia

2

0

0

2

0

South Asia

4

46

30

0

0

India

4

46

30

0

0

South East Asia

0

0

0

0

0

Southern Africa

0

0

0

0

0

Southern Europe

52

120

19

68

24

Cyprus

1

0

0

0

0

Portugal

0

0

1

0

0

Turkey

51

120

18

68

24

West Indies and Atlantic

0

0

0

0

0

Western Europe

0

0

1

3

1

Austria

0

0

1

2

0

Germany

0

0

0

1

1

Total

516

1,166

2,217

10,389

14,294

Note:

UK Visas makes every effort to ensure that statistics produced from our ‘Central Reference System’ are accurate. However, the complexity of our global business, including technical failures or occasional inconsistencies in data entry across any of over 150 offices, means we cannot guarantee 100 per cent. accuracy.

Source: CRS

2002-03 data sourced on: 17 May 2007

2004-06 data sourced on: 16 May 2007