Migration to Wales Plummeted!

As per the latest figures, long-term immigration (people who plan to stay in the country for more than 12 months) the United Kingdom has fallen by about nine percent, from the figures of September of previous year. During the period from last September until now, the country has received 503,000 immigrants, and this figure is down from 555,000 of the previous twelve months.

Within the United Kingdom, the net migration into Wales from other parts of the UK has also fallen this year from the September, last year. The country experienced a net inflow of only 1,300 people. London has been the largest source outflow of migrant to the rest of the UK with 35,400 people, while South-east of England experienced the largest new inflow with 19,400.

As per the statistics from the International Passenger Survey (IPS), the number of European migrants from countries like Poland and the Czech Republic (basically those countries that teamed up with the European Union in 2004) has also plummeted 55 percent to 45,000, compared to 57,000 people who left the UK. However, it is recorded that the number of people who were given citizenship has risen in 2009. The number is up 58 percent from 129,375 in 2008 to 203,790 in 2009. Besides, there was also a 40 percent and 45 percent increase in the number of people who were granted settlement and employment related settlement in the UK respectively.

According to the figures form the Home Office, out of the total people, which were granted citizenship in 2009, Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis accounted for 29 percent; Africans for 27 percent; and 17 percent belong to various countries of Asia.

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