by Leicestershire Correspondent
According to the Office for National Statistics, ‘net’ migration to the UK rose to 260,000 in the year to June – an increase of 78,000 on the previous year.
583,000 people immigrated into the UK in the last year – an increase of 45,000 from the EU and 30,000 from outside. An estimated 323,000 people emigrated from the UK in the year ending June 2014. Long-term emigration has been relatively stable since 2010.
The statistically significant increase of 30,000 in immigration of non-EU citizens to 272,000 was in part driven by an increase in immigration to accompany/join others – up 19,000 to 54,000.
32,000 Romanian and Bulgarian (EU2) citizens immigrated to the UK in the year ending June 2014, a statistically significant increase from 18,000 in the previous 12 months.
Some 228,000 EU citizens came to the UK in the year to June 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics, while the number of people immigrating from outside the EU rose to 272,000 a rise from 242,000 from the previous year.
The key point here is that in the last year there has been more immigration into the UK from non-EU countries – and remember that Ukip appear to be quite happy with non-EU immigration.
Under a Ukip government the figure of 272,000 people coming into the UK from non-EU countries could still happen as a part of their net migration of 50,000 a year policy.
Accompanying or joining others
Estimates show that the third most common reason for migrating to the UK is to accompany/join others. In the year ending June 2014, 84,000 long-term migrants arrived in the UK to accompany or join others, a statistically significant increase from 60,000 in the previous year.
Family visas (Non-EEA nationals)
In the year ending September 2014, 34,747 family-related visas were granted. This is an increase of 5% compared with the year ending September 2013 (33,240). There was a 2% increase in the number of visas granted to all other dependants (excluding visitor visas) joining or accompanying migrants in the UK (76,658) compared with the previous 12 months (75,172).