Net Migration to Britain Remains at Record Levels

Alan Travis, Guardian (London), February 23, 2012

The government’s hopes of reducing net migration into Britain to below 100,000 have suffered a fresh blow, with the latest figures showing that it remained at the record level of 250,000 in the year to June 2011.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that figures published on Thursday showed long-term immigration remained steady, with 593,000 coming to live in Britain in the year to June 2011.

Long-term emigration over the same period was also stable, with 343,000 people going to live abroad, giving a net migration figure of 250,000.

The figures for the first year of the coalition government showed that net migration actually rose from 235,000 to 250,000 in its first 12 months in office.

This increase was driven by falls in the emigration side of the equation, with the number of people going to live abroad at its lowest level since 1998.

The latest quarterly ONS migration statistics report confirms that studying remains the most common reason to come to live in Britain, with an estimated 242,000 students arriving in the year to June 2011.

The figures also show that long-term immigration of new Commonwealth citizens, mainly from the Asian subcontinent, hit a record level of 170,000 – two-thirds of them students – over the same period.

separate set of Home Office immigration statistics, giving annual figures for 2011 which do not include an estimate for the politically sensitive figure of net migration, shows that study, work or family visa applications to Britain fell by 6% last year. The latest visa data shows a fall in the number of overseas students since a peak in June 2010.

The immigration minister, Damian Green, insisted there were signs of progress. “Our reforms are starting to take effect. Home Office figures from the second half of last year show a significant decrease in the number of student and work visas issued, an early indicator for the long-term direction of net migration.

“Net migration remains too high, but is now steady, having fallen from a recent peak in the year to September 2010,” he said. “This government remains committed to bringing net migration down from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands over the course of the parliament.”

The latest net migration figure is only 5,000 below the September 2010 peak of 255,000.

The number of people granted settlement, which is to be the subject of fresh curbs to be announced next week, fell by 32% last year to 163,477. But it is thought this drop represents a backlog of long-term asylum “legacy” cases moving out of the system. There were 177,000 new British citizens – 9% fewer than in 2010.

The Home Office figures show a sharp rise in asylum cases in the last three months of 2011 to 5,261 – the highest quarterly total since 2009, with rises in applications from Pakistan, Libya and Iran.

The number of people detained for immigration reasons in Britain, already the highest in Europe, rose by 11% to 6,681 in the final quarter of 2011. The figure includes 41 children, the majority of whom were detained in the new “pre-departure” family accommodation run in association with Barnardo’s.

Ministers will also be concerned to see that removals and deportations fell again during 2011 from 60,244 in the previous year to 52,526. The last three months of the year saw some recovery in the number of removals.

Matt Cavanagh of the Institute of Public Policy Research said: “Today’s figures show that in the first full year entirely under the coalition government (from July 2010 to June 2011) net migration remained at a record high level of 250,000. In other words, the government made no progress on its pledge of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands by the end of the parliament.

“Reducing immigration is a legitimate goal – but politicians should be wary of promising what they can’t deliver. There is also a risk that ministers will be tempted to take more extreme measures in pursuit of their elusive target, including on those areas of immigration which are most important to our economy, and which surveys show the public are less bothered about, including skilled workers and overseas students.”

Donna Covey, chief executive of the Refugee Council, said: “Following the political unrest and atrocities we saw, and are still seeing, across North Africa and the Middle East, it is no surprise that there was an increase in numbers of people seeking safety here last year from countries including Syria and Libya. For those fleeing persecution it is crucial is that [the UK Border Agency] makes the right decision on their case first time – but the figures for refusals later overturned at appeal suggest that this is often not the case, and more so for women seeking asylum.

“It is also shocking that 99 children were held in detention last year, when the government pledged to put an end to this abhorrent practice almost two years ago. We know that conditions have improved under the new family removals process, but we still strongly maintain that children should not be detained as part of the asylum process.”

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  • Anan7

     This is closely related to another story about the Muslim rape of White girls.

    The politicians who allow these people in are complicit in the crime.

    In the United States, if you buy a gun for someone you know will do evil with it, you are complicit in the crime.  These politicians who let these filthy masses into our nations should be punished just like a straw purchaser of a gun would, for they do share guilt in what they are doing to what used to be great countries.  In Britain, its the mass rape of women. 

    Here, Mexicans/El Salvadorans/etc. are bleeding the nation’s treasury dry with their welfare and crime.  Anyone with half a brain would know that bringing people from crime-ridden countries will only bring their problems here.

    There are so many laws in this country I’m sure there’s something we can charge them with, like was done with Al Capone in the ’30s.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Many of the “students” from the Asian subcontinent are enrolled in the literally hundreds of bogus colleges in the UK. When they arrive, they don’t study anything, but simply disappear into the black economy. This has been known about for years. Many of these ‘students’ are muslim, which would perhaps explain any reticense by the government to crackdown on these ‘colleges’.
    I won’t have any faith in the UK’s immigration and nationality policy until I hear Damian Green announce the following:
    1. A complete moratorium on immigration for ,say, 10 years.
    2. Immediate deportation of all non-White and non-Christian immigrants.
    3. Non-White and non-Christian citizens born in the UK should be encouraged to ‘seek asylum’ somewhere abroad. Force may be necessary to realize this.
    4. When immigration is resumed: a) the number of immigrants should be managable. b) immigrants should be of a Christian White European heritage.
    Posturing and words by this coalition Government will achieve nothing. 

  • sbuffalonative

    Just as in the US when they told us they were going to build a fence, these lies are nothing more than stalling for time.

    Stalling involves: deny there’s a problem. Admit there’s a problem. Study solutions. Propose solutions. Agree on solutions. Delay implementing solutions and hope everyone forgets about the problem.

    • Anan7

      A fence will do absolutely NOTHING.  Should the fence be there? Of course.  But fences can be broken.

      The border needs to be MINED and guarded by the Army and Navy.  Anyone caught attempting to cross without going through the proper procedures (which will deny virtually all of them, of course) will be sentenced to hard labor for the rest of their life.

      If you think that is “bigoted” or “hateful” it isn’t.  No one can seriously take the Latinos seriously anymore.  They’re bleeding the country dry with their crime and welfare.

  • KenelmDigby

    Mass third world immigration into Britain will NEVER be halted, as long as the conventional political parties are elected.
     Unfortunately, there is very little chance of the BNP ever getting power under the British electoral system, so it is virtually certain that Britain will be non-White majority by mid century.
    Judge the politicians solely by their record an nothing else.The British political class has ‘promised’ many, many times in the past to ‘halt’ immigration, but despite that immigration has increased inexorably and exponentially.

    • Anan7

      There has to be SOMETHING we can do.

      I wish the US electoral system would allow parties like the BNP to get more attention here.  At least the BNP gets a lot more attention than like-minded parties here.

      Another problem is that often the parties that protect Whites from non-White immigration have National Socialist leanings (like A3P) which destroys any credibility.  They need a party with a Libertarian leaning.

      Ron Paul may give hope though.  With 40% of blacks and 30% of Hispanics dependent on welfare checks, there would be race riots if he gets elected and is able to get things done.  But seriously, the Hispanics and Blacks should just LEAVE and go peacefully back to their home countries.

  • JackKrak

    Slightly OT, but this reminds me of how the United Nations has to refer to Macedonia as “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” in order to not offend the Greeks.

    How long before we start to call it “The Former United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland” in order not to offend the muslims?

  • MartelC

    The global elite will keep making promises and keep breaking them. They will claim one thing and do another. They have made a complete mockery of the democratic process. Now we are in a race to stop this before the elite say ‘well oops too late you’re minorities in your own countries.. so you don’t want pesky nationalism and acknowledgement of religion when you’re the minority do you? So accept our secular, globalist  radical egalitarian totalitarian state.”

    • The_Bobster

      Water the tree of liberty?