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How many immigrants came to the UK in 2016



How many immigrants came to the UK in 2016

Brexit was not taken well by most who voted against it. It is going to be particularly bad for the immigrants from the European countries who had made UK their home. Many of them are people who came to the UK years ago, as young people, and now have families here. Brexit is bittersweet, undoubtedly more bitter than sweet.

In the year ending September 2016, net migration to the UK was 273,000. Migration statistics are used to estimate the transition of migrants in and out of the UK. It is also used to approximate the number of migrants living in the UK. The United Nations defines migrant as someone who moves to some other country for 12 months at least.

The Office for National Statistics creates estimates of international migration on the basis of the International Passenger Survey, which is a survey of passengers arriving and leaving the UK. Someone arriving to the UK with the intent to stay for 12 months or more is considered an immigrant and someone leaving the UK for 12 months or more is considered an emigrant. The migration figures are also tuned to include asylum seekers. Net migration is the estimated number of immigrants minus the estimated number of emigrants.

EU net migration in 2016 was 165,000 compared to 164,000 from non EU countries. 268, 000 people from EU arrived to the UK in the year ending 2016. 257, 000 people came to the UK from non EU countries in 2016. Most people come to the UK for better work opportunities. Interestingly, they come without securing a job first.

Post Brexit Situation

Some early data from post Brexit vote says that some migration to the UK may be decreasing. New national insurance data shows that the numbers of Polish people and people from other eastern European countries registering to work in the UK dropped by 17% or 35,000 from September 2015 to September 2016. There was an 11% increase, or 22,000 rise, in Romanians and Bulgarians registering for national insurance. Work is the main attraction for the record levels of immigration, especially from within the EU, making for 189,000 of the 311,000 who came to the UK for work in the last year. More than 182,000 came for employment in a definite job, but those searching for job increased 23,000 to 130,000 in the latest figures.

The percentage of EU citizens coming to work in the UK without a specific job offer has now increased to a record high of 43% (82,000), while 57% did have a definite job. Theresa May has strongly told that a new post-Brexit immigration system could be structured around limiting access for European people looking for work in the UK. In  2015 Romania had become the most common country of last residence, passing India and making up 10% of all immigrants. There was a sixth successive yearly increase in the figure of asylum seekers asking for refugee status in the UK, to 41,280. Despite the European refugee crisis, the number of people from Syria asking for asylum in Britain decreased by 317 to 2,298. Most asylum seekers were Iranians and Iraqis. 4,162 Syrians were resettled under the government’s program to take 20,000 over the next four years. The number of EU citizens who have applied for securing their right to residence in the UK increased by more than 23,000 to 113,000 in the 3 months after the Brexit vote. The number of applications for permanent residence increased 83% during the six months around the referendum campaign.

The immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, responded says the British people have sent a very clear message that they wanted control of immigration. He reinstated the government’s commitment to decreasing net migration to sustainable levels. Uncontrolled immigration puts pressure on schools, hospitals and public services. That is the reason why UK wants to decrease the number of migrants. They want to attract the best and brightest of people, who will benefit and contribute UK. They want to build an immigration system that will have more control. Immigration lawyers Laura Devine Solicitors said there was a refusal of 49% of entrepreneur visa requests in the last quarter, mostly from India. She said this make Britain’s ‘open for business reputation at stake’. The 40% increase in grants for permanent residence shows that Brexit is causing concern among EU nationals residing in Britain. Those who are against Brexit continue to voice their disappointment with it. The future of European citizens living in the UK for past many years have become uncertain now. It is specially bad for families where one spouse is European. People will now have to rethink about their whole life. The UK can also face a lot of problems. A lot of workers, specially those doing jobs in the primary industry, come from the UK. UK will face a shortage of workers. There is a danger of tax going down. Trade relations with Europe might also go sour. It;s like the UK is closing its door to the rest of Europe. This is something the Europeans had never expected.

The UK is one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of culture. In 2004, 9% or of the population were born outside the UK. In 2014, this number had increased to 13%. It seems like UK had had enough of this diversification. Interestingly, more older people voted for the Brexit as compared to the young ones. The younger population wanted UK to remain a part of EU. In the defense of pro-Brexit group, it is not fair on British citizens to be deprived of better opportunities in life because immigrants are seizing them up. The UK has played a generous host for a long time, it is now time for it to be a little selfish.

How many immigrants came to the UK in 2016

How many immigrants came to the UK in 2016

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