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Immigration

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of immigrants arriving in (a) the UK and (b) Northamptonshire in 2008; and if he will make a statement. (201244)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 16 May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question about the number of immigrants arriving in (a) the UK and (b) Northamptonshire in 2008. (201244)

In 2006 an estimated 591,000 people arrived to live in the UK for at least a year. These are the latest available official estimates of Total International Migration.

International migration figures for local authorities are only calculated on a mid-year basis to form part of the mid-year population estimates. These show an estimated 7,000 people arriving to live in Northamptonshire for at least a year between mid-2005 and mid-2006.