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Volume 699: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people emigrated from the United Kingdom in each of the past five years. [HL2134]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, Director of Macroeconomics and Labour Market, to Lord Laird, dated 3 March 2008.

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Question concerning how many people emigrated from the United Kingdom in each of the past five years. I am replying in her absence.

The most recent available figures are for 2002 to 2006. These are presented in the table below.

Table 1—Total international migration1 migrants leaving the United Kingdom 2002 to 2006


Estimate (thousands)











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1 Total international migration (TIM) is the most comprehensive and only official estimate of long-term civilian migration covering both flows to and from the UK. The Office for National Statistics uses the UN recommended definition of an international migrant (someone who changes their country of usual residence for at least a year, so that the country of destination effectively becomes the country of usual residence). TIM is based mainly on data from the international passenger survey (IPS). It includes adjustments for (1) those whose intended length of stay changes so that their migrant status changes; (2) asylum seekers and their dependants not identified by the IPS; and (3) flows between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.