The Government today published its migration statistics for the year ending September 2015. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), estimated net migration to the UK reached 336,000 in the year to June. The figure - the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving - was 82,000 more than the previous year.
Asylum applications increased in the third quarter of the year to 10,156, compared to 6,903 in the same quarter of 2014. This brought asylum applications in the year ending September 2015 to 29,024—an increase of 19% year on year. Despite the recent increase, asylum remains the smallest component of UK immigration after work, study and family unification.
Madeleine Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said: “Most the measures introduced over the last parliament to reduce net migration of workers, students and family members have now been in place for some years. At this point, changes in net migration are mainly being driven by economic factors like the success of the UK economy, rather than by new policies.”
Steve Ballinger, Director of Communications at British Future said: "The public is concerned about high immigration – they don’t think the Government has got a grip and the repeated failures to get anywhere near the Home Secretary’s self-imposed target just undermines trust further. But many still think we should do our bit for refugees fleeing from ISIS or other terrors around the world, who need our protection and still make up a very small proportion of people coming to Britain.
Chai Patel, Legal and Policy Director of JCWI said: "The vast majority of people who are coming to the UK are here to work and are vital to our economic growth, and make a net contribution to our public services. Decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure are beginning to show, but the solution is to invest in repairing and rebuilding, instead of trying to drive out those very people ensuring that the NHS functions, and that we have the carers and workers we need for our ageing population.”
The ONS data revealed that:
Also see Migrant Voice Director Nazek Ramadan’s blog post responding to previous figures: “Immigration is not about numbers, it is about people” - http://www.migrantvoice.org/blog/nazek-ramadan-immigration-is-not-about-numbers-it-is-about-people.html