In the last week, the UK Government has published their latest official immigration statistics covering the period up until the end of December 2015. The Government has also published the sixth edition of its Migrant Journey publication along with the latest edition of the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR) published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). We hope to provide an overview here with links to further reading and resources as required.
The statistics are broken down into various sections as indicated on the Immigration statistics, October to December 2015 page on the Gov.uk website. The latest UK Government immigration statistics have been divided into the following categories:
- List of tables
- About this release
- Extensions of stay
- Removals and voluntary departures
- About the figures
- Statistical news release: Immigration statistics October to December 2015
Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR) published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has also published the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR). The report can be accessed from the following link:
- Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (February 2016) – http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-statistics-quarterly-report/february-2016/index.html
- This release includes updated LTIM 2-series tables on citizenship, country of birth, and country of last or next residence (Tables 2.01a, 2.01b, 2.02, and 2.03) showing estimates using the new country groupings on which ONS consulted in 2014. These can be accessed from the following link: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/long-term-international-migration/2014/index.html
The MSQR series brings together statistics on migration that are published by the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), ONS, and the National Records of Scotland (NRS).
The Home Office has also published its User Guide to Home Office Immigration Statistics document, a 117 page PDF file, designed to be a useful reference guide with explanatory notes on the Home Office’s quarterly immigration statistics releases.
Migrant journey: sixth report
According to the UK Government, the latest release in the Migrant Journey series is described as: “This release is the sixth in a series of releases that explore migrants’ journeys through the UK’s immigration system.”
Access to the relevent publications and details from the UK Government website include:
Pre-release access to Migrant journey: sixth report (PDF file, 1 page)
- “Data tables covering the immigration status of migrants issued visas by visa type after 6 years” –Migrant journey: sixth report: data tables (Open Document Format)
- “Reference guide with explanatory notes on issues and classifications” – User guide to the Home Office migrant journey (PDF file, 16 pages).
- Migrant Journey website containg previously published reports – www.gov.uk/government/collections/migrant-journey
- UK Government Migration Statistics collection – www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-statistics (“This series brings together documents relating to migration statistics.”).
There has been significant media reporting on these figures, given the importance that the subject of immigration will play in the forthcoming EU Referendum campaign. A selction of the relevant news stories are reported here:
- The Guardian – Is there a cover-up over UK migration figures?
- The Independent – UK migration: Six myths about immigration debunked as latest figures show fall in non-EU arrivals.
- The Guardian – Net migration to UK falls for first time in almost two years.
- The Migration Observatory – A new normal? Net migration levels off, but remains at record high levels.
- Sky News – Immigration Rises But PM Says He Can Hit Target
- BBC News – Net migration at 323,000 prompts EU referendum row
- The Telegraph – Ministers ‘hiding full scale of EU immigration’