Britain is migrant
magnet of Europe:
Only Spain admits
more non-EU immigrants
accepts more non-European immigrants than any other EU country except
Spain, it emerged yesterday.
annual figures showed immigration from Asia, Africa and the Americas
running at 307,000, against 284,000 received by Italy and the 238,000
who went to Germany.
comparisons are striking because Italy is the main destination for
hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from Africa and the
Middle East who see it as the easiest route into Europe, and for
decades Germany accepted more migrants than any other European country.
immigrants: Britain accepts more than any other EU country except Spain
country that takes more non-EU immigrants than Britain now is Spain,
the European country of choice for most Latin Americans.
which cover 2008, show that Spain took 499,000 non-EU migrants.
comes as ministers prepare caps on migration from outside Europe, the
only possible form of control because EU laws demand free movement
between the 27 member states.
promised to reduce annual ‘net migration’ – calculated by subtracting
the number of emigrants from the immigrant total – to below 100,000, a
level last seen in the late Nineties. Tory MPs warned that the new
figures show the need for the Coalition to act effectively.
Carswell, MP for Clacton, said: ‘We made a clear promise to cut net
migration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands.
figures show that the Government needs to pull its finger out and get
on with it.
fed up with talk. They want to see significant reductions. People will
hold ministers to account for this at the next election.’
Last week, a
Whitehall survey showed four out of five people want to see immigration
reduced and more than half the population want to see immigration cut
from Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics department, show only
four member states accepted more than 100,000 immigrants from outside
the EU in 2008.
to admit high numbers of immigrants, but it took only 89,000 two years
ago, fewer than a third of the number coming to Britain.
outside the EU from where the most people came to Britain in 2008 was
India, at 47,000.
In that year,
165,000 people arrived in the UK from Commonwealth countries and
142,000 from other non-EU nations.
recent statistics show 303,000 people came to Britain from outside the
EU in 2009 – the latest year for which figures are available.
then was 193,000, a figure which is likely to have risen to well over
200,000 because fewer people emigrate in a recession.
In April, the
Government will introduce rules intended to cap visas for less skilled
workers from outside Europe to 21,700 next year, a reduction of a fifth.
consultation on how to cut the number of student visas is under way.
Minister Damian Green said: ‘This shows why the Government is committed
to reducing net migration to sustainable levels from the hundreds of
thousands to the tens of thousands within the lifetime of this
already introduced a limit on non-EU economic migration and throughout
2011 we will be introducing further controls across the board to affect
every immigration route.
exert steady downward pressure on immigration numbers, which is the
sensible way to deal with the uncontrolled immigration system we
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