Surge In Migration To UK

By Fiona Moore, for 01 September, 2014

The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said that net long-term migration to the UK came to around 243,000 for the year ending March 2014, up from 175,000 in the previous twelve months, and that there was a significant increase in the number of arrivals from elsewhere in the European Union.

The body's latest figures show that 560,000 people overall immigrated to the UK during this period, representing a 68,000 increase on the year before. Immigration from other parts of the EU rose by 44,000, to 214,000, including a increase from 12,000 to 28,000 in migration from Romania and Bulgaria.

A further 265,000 non-EU citizens also immigrated to the UK, and the ONS explained that this marked the end of a steady decline that had begun in 2011. The rest of the overall figure is accounted for by British citizens who had been based abroad coming to live in the UK.

Meanwhile, around 316,000 people left the UK during the same period. The ONS said that long-term emigration from the UK has been relatively stable since 2010.

The ONS also found that immigration for work was up by 38,000 to 228,000, mainly due to movement from Eastern Europe, and that for the year ending June 2014 there was a 10 percent rise in work visas issued, largely for skilled work.

There was also a 7 percent increase in study visas granted in the year ending June 2014, with higher levels of university-sponsored applications but fewer applications for other education sectors.

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