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UK: EU Resident Citizens

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 19 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many citizens of each other European Union state are resident in the United Kingdom. [HL1090]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, Director-General for Office for National Statistics, to Lord Wallace of Saltaire, dated January 2010.

As Director-General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to respond to your Question asking how many citizens of each other EU states are resident in the United Kingdom. (HL 1090)

The Office for National Statistics collects data on nationality on the Annual Population Survey (APS) which covers residents of the UK. The latest estimates available are for the 12 month period of April 2008 to March 2009. The estimates of the number of UK residents for each other EU member state are given in Table 1 attached.

Estimated population resident in the United Kingdom, by EU27 nationality3,4,5

April 2008 to March 2009

United Kingdom

thousands

Nationality

Estimate

Cl +/-

Poland

499

a

30

Republic of Ireland

342

a

24

France

121

b

15

Germany

104

b

13

Italy

96

b

13

Portugal

89

b

12

Lithuania

68

b

11

Spain

68

b

11

Slovakia

48

b

9

Netherlands

47

b

9

Romania

46

b

9

Bulgaria

30

c

7

Greece

27

C

7

Latvia

27

c

7

Sweden

24

c

6

Czech Republic

23

c

6

Hungary

19

c

6

Denmark

19

c

6

Austria

16

c

5

Belgium

14

c

5

Cyprus (EU)

12

c

5

Finland

10

d

4

Malta

6

d

3

Estonia

5

d

3

Slovenia

1

d

1

Luxembourg

:

d

:

Former Czechoslovakia

2

d

2

“:” = negligible or rounded to zero

Statistical Robustness1

a

05= CV <5

Estimates are considered precise

b

5= CV <10

Estimates are reasonably precise

c

10= CV <20

Estimates are considered acceptable

d

CV =20

Estimates are not considered reliable for practical purposes

Source: Annual Population Survey (APS)/Labour Force Survey (LFS), ONS

Notes:

1. Standard error is an estimate of the margin of error associated with a sample survey. The coefficient of variation (CV) indicates the robustness of each estimate. It is defined as:

2. Cl+/- is the upper (+) and lower (-) 95% confidence limits. It is defined as: 1.96 x standard error

3. Estimates are based on the Annual Population Survey (APS) which is the Labour Force Survey (LFS) plus various sample boosts.

4. It should be noted that the LFS:

excludes students in halls who do not have a UK resident parent

excludes people inmost other types of communal establishments (for example, hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc)

is grossed to population estimates of those living in private households that only include migrants staying for 12 months or more.

5. The LFS weighting does not adjust for non-response bias by the nationality variable.