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A Who"s Who of UK Immigration

UK Immigration is constantly under review yet figures all seem to amalgamate into one without any clear distinction between who's in the UK legally and those that are here under the classification of 'illegal immigrants'.
The most recent figures, published by the Office of National Statistics in February 2013, indicate that:
  • A net flow of 163,000 migrants to the UK in the year ending June 2012, which is significantly lower than the net flow of 247,000 in the year ending June 2011
  • 515,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending June 2012, which is significantly lower than the 589,000 who migrated the previous year.
    This decrease has caused the fall in net migration
  • 352,000 emigrants left the UK in the year ending June 2012, similar to the estimate of 342,000 in the year to June 2011
The above figures reveal that the number of people arriving in the UK is substantially more than the number of people leaving the UK.
Whilst the numbers entering and leaving the UK is pretty clear cut, what's causing confusion is the number of people that are here legally and those that UK Immigration authorities classify as illegal.
How does it breakdown? What's shocking is that ministers can actually account for the number of illegal immigrants in Britain far more accurately than they can for those residing in the UK legally.
What's ironic is that they can't account for where illegal immigrants are located despite knowing figures.
Illegal Immigrant numbers: · The UK population is made up of close to 1 million illegal immigrants (Census 2011).
· The UK has the highest illegal immigrant population within Europe.
Second placed Italy is a distant second place with 400,000 fewer illegal immigrants Legal Immigrant numbers: · The Visitor Visa remains the most popular UK Immigration route, with the Chinese population currently recorded as having the highest number of tourists visiting Britain · However, other popular visa routes, such as Study, have shown a decrease in numbers · In the year to December 2012, with visitor and transit visa made exempt, the overall number of UK visas issued fell by 10% to 507,701 (compared with 564,807 in the previous 12 months, the lowest 12-monthly total recorded using comparable data made available from 2005) · The highest recorded number of immigrants, from one singular nation, residing in the UK, is India.
There are approximately 657,792 Indian born residents now living in the UK Illegal immigrants make up a good proportion of immigrant numbers in the UK.
It's estimated that there are around 6,955,738 immigrants in Britain, nearly 1 million of which are illegal.

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