HC Deb 23 July 2004 vol 424 cc851-2W
Mr. Crausby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been(a) made and (b) accepted for the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme, broken down by (i) the top 20 nationalities and (ii) occupation, since the inception of the programme. [172596]

Mr. Browne

I regret that a full breakdown of the information requested is not readily available in the format requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

However, we are able to provide a breakdown of the number of applications received and approved by the top 10 nationalities up to the 23 June 2004. They are as follows:

Applications Received
India 4,798
Pakistan 2,840
Nigeria 1,570
United States of America 1,448
South Africa 1,176
Australia 1,173
China 712
New Zealand 539
Zimbabwe 395
Russian Federation 332
Applications Approved
India 1,569
United States of America 1,094
South Africa 686
Pakistan 639
Australia 588
Nigeria 377
China 273
New Zealand 263
Canada 198
Russian Federation 179

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