Home Office publishes annual immigration statistics for 2008 and quarterly immigration figures for April to June 2009
Tags: Eastern Europe, accession countries, immigration statistics
28th August 2009: In the first half of 2009, as many as 30,435 people living illegally in the United Kingdom were removed or voluntarily departed from the country, including 2,550 foreign prisoners. The latest figures released by the Home Office also confirm a total 67,980 people were removed or voluntarily departed in 2008.
Annual immigration statistics for 2008 and quarterly immigration figures for April to June 2009, covering migration from Eastern Europe, asylum applications and removals and voluntary departures, were published by the Home Office.
The figures show work applications from the eight accession countries have continued to fall in 2009. In the second quarter of this year, there were 26,150 applications from workers in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia and the Czech Republic – down from 46,070 in the same period in 2008.
The number of Bulgarian and Romanians applying for accession worker cards also continues to fall. There were 580 applications in the second quarter of 2009, a fall of 43 per cent, compared to the same quarter in 2008.