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Immigration Controls

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of immigrants who will be affected by the introduction of the proposed points-based system. (199161)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: The Office for National Statistics produces total international migration (TIM) estimates of the number of people legally entering and leaving the country each year. The TIM calculations are based largely from data from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) which gives both the reasons for entry to the UK and the citizenship of those arriving.

Once fully established, the points based system will cover non-EU work-related migrants, students and their dependants. We estimate this will cover close to six in 10 of the non-British inflow.