This release presents the latest immigration statistics from Home Office administrative sources, covering quarter 2, April to June 2012.
Summary points, quarter 2 2012
(All data relate to year ending June 2012; comparisons are with previous 12 months unless indicated)
- Study (excluding student visitors), Work and Family visas issued fell 30%, 7% and 10% (to 213,836, 147,385 and 45,290), to the lowest recorded levels using comparable data available from 2005. The recent falls for work and study are likely to be partly due to policy changes, which came into effect from 2011.
- There was a 2% increase in total admissions to 106.4 million continuing the increase since the year ending September 2010 (101.4 million), and thought to reflect, to a large extent, trends in international tourism.
- There were 19,959 asylum applications, a rise of 6%. The peak number of applicants was in the year ending December 2002 (84,132).
- There were 1% more enforced removals (15,014). The number of passengers refused entry at port and who subsequently departed fell by 15% to 14,116 and total voluntary departures increased by 2% to 25,585, though retrospective checks on departures will increase this figure.
- A total of 28,242 people entered detention, an increase of 7%.
- In the second quarter of 2012 60 children entered detention, up from a low point of 19 in the first quarter of 2011, but remaining much lower than the peak of 322 in the third quarter of 2009.
Data tables: immigration statistics, April to June 2012