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Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

UK: Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, November 2013

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

503,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending June 2013, compared to the 517,000 people who immigrated during the previous year.

Emigration is at its lowest level since 2001. In the year ending June 2013, 320,000 emigrants left the UK, which is lower than the 349,000 people who emigrated during the previous year. The fall in emigration is driving an increase in net migration.

There was a net flow of 182,000 long-term migrants to the UK in the year ending June 2013, the first annual increase for two years. However, this is not a statistically significant difference from the 167,000 in the year ending June 2012.

Immigration of non-EU citizens saw a statistically significant decrease to 242,000 in the year ending June 2013 from 282,000 the previous year. Fewer New Commonwealth citizens migrated to the UK for formal study, now similar to estimates in 2005/06.

183,000 EU citizens immigrated in the year ending June 2013, not a statistically significant change from the estimate of 158,000 for the previous year. There was a statistically significant increase in EU15 citizens arriving for work-related reasons

202,000 people arrived for work in the year ending June 2013, now once again the most common reason for immigration, overtaking formal study for the first time since 2009. 176,000 people arrived for study.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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