HC Deb 08 July 1991 vol 194 cc248-9W
Mr. Nellist

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each of the last 25 years, or for as many years as he has information,(a) emigrated from Britain and (b) immigrated to Britain; and for each year what was the net position.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The available data on migration to and from the United Kingdom are the estimates produced by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys from the international passenger survey. This defines a migrant as a person leaving one country where he/she has been resident for more than a year with the intention of residing in a new country for a year or more. These data include British citizens and are on a different basis from the figures of people subject to immigration control accepted for settlement in the United Kingdom. Data for 1964—89 are given in table 2.1 of the 1974, 1979 and 1989 issues of the OPCS publication "International Migration", copies of which are in the Library. Corresponding data for the 12 months ending 30 September 1990 are given in the table.

Migration to and from the United Kingdom in the 12 months ending SO September 1990
Number of persons, in thousands1
Inflow Outflow Net inflow
All citizenships 257 219 37
British citizens 107 132 -25
Non-British citizens 150 88 62
1 Figures are provisional estimates, and have been rounded to the nearest thousand.