UK Government Publishes New 'Migrant Journey' Report

By Editorial 21 February, 2014

The UK Home Office has published a new report analyzing information from two visa and immigration databases on the number of migrants that settled in the UK after entering on a temporary visa.

The report shows that 25 percent (27,778) of migrants who were issued with a skilled work visa with a potential path to settlement in 2007 had been granted settlement five years later. A further nine percent still had leave to remain. These percentages have declined compared with previous years, perhaps reflecting the effects of the recession on migrants' decision whether to stay in the UK.

The largest proportion of these visas went to Indian nationals, who were also the most likely to remain. Of the top five nationalities, Americans and Australians were the least likely to settle in the UK after five years.

Meanwhile, 64 percent (47,269) of those issued family visas in the same year had been granted settlement five years later, with a further three percent still having leave to remain. This 67 percent overall figure represents an increase from 60 percent in 2004. Of all foreign nationalities, Bangladeshis were the most likely to seek settlement (92 percent), followed by Afghans (88 percent), and Pakistanis (82 percent).

Only 15 percent of students granted a visa in 2007 had settled or had leave to remain after five years, down from 23 percent in 2004, reflecting tightened rules.

The report is the fourth edition of the annual survey, known as "Migrants' journeys through the UK's immigration system."

Tags: United Kingdom | Expats | Immigration | Visas And Passports | Immigration |


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