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Immigration

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of inward migrants to the UK intending to stay for 12 months or more who cited work-related purposes as the main reason for migration in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many work permit holders were given leave to enter the UK in each of those years. (206263)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 20 May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what estimate has been made of the number of inward migrants to the UK intending to stay for 12 months or more who cited work-related purposes as the main reason for migration in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many work permit holders were given leave to enter the UK in each of those years. (206263)

The estimates of inward migration to the UK of those intending to stay 12 months or more are taken from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) and are shown in the table attached.

Those with a work related reason for migration are those with a definite job to go to and those looking for work. The data are also broken down by British, European Union and non-European Union citizens as work permits are only applicable to non-EU citizens.

Work permit data from the Home Office was provided for a previous Parliamentary Question. Please see Official Report, written answers, 12 September 2007 column 2159W to 2161W.

International migration: Estimates from the International Passenger survey time series 2004-06—Citizenship by reason for migration—Inflow (United Kingdom)

Thousand

2004

2005

2006

Of which:

Main reason for migration

Work related

Definite job

Looking for work

Work related

Definite job

Looking for work

Work related

Definite job

Looking for work

All citizenships

215

143

72

226

152

74

214

149

65

British

37

15

22

48

23

25

31

16

15

European Union1

65

51

14

86

62

24

83

55

28

Non-European Union

112

76

36

93

68

25

100

78

22

1 Figures show the EU25 (EU15 plus the 10 countries of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia). These countries are included in the definition for the whole of 2004, whether migration occurred before or after 1 May 2004.

Note:

Those with a work related reason for migration are those with a definite job and those looking for work.