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Immigration

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what contribution to population change in the UK was made by (a) natural growth and (b) net migration in each of the last 20 years. (249508)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated January 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what contribution to population change in the UK was made by (a) natural growth and (b) net migration in each of the last 20 years. (249508)

The attached table shows the contribution of net migration and natural change to population change for the UK for the last 20 years since 1988.

Net migration and natural change for the UK for mid-year 1988 to mid-year 2007

Thousand

Net migration and other changes1,2

Natural change

1988

-24

136

1989

21

139

1990

43

118

1991

48

153

1992

-11

157

1993

1

129

1994

36

112

1995

56

107

1996

62

77

1997

47

103

1998

60

100

1999

133

77

2000

139

62

2001

153

74

Net migration

Other changes2

Natural change

2002

146

2

62

2003

152

5

77

2004

184

3

104

2005

263

3

127

2006

189

2

159

2007

199

2

187

1 It is not possible to separately identify and split net-migration and other changes in the years up to 2001. From 2002-07 net migration and other changes are shown separately.

2 Other changes primarily include changes in the number of home and US armed forces and dependants resident in the UK.

3 Less than 1,000

Sources:

Office for National Statistics, General Register Office for Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.