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Category Archives: Immigration

32 million foreigners living in the 27 EU States last year

The biggest driver of population growth in most EU Member States in recent years has been immigration. In fact, between 2004 and 2008, 3 to 4 million immigrants settled in the each year. This is according to the third Demography Report just published by the EU. In total, in 2010, there were 32.4 million foreigners living in an EU27 Member … Continue reading

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UK car production up by nearly thirty per cent

There was a sharp rise in car production last year, with 1.27 million cars being produced, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This was a rise of 27.8% on 2009. This is a major improvement for the industry, although output is not yet back up to the level it was before the recession. When we add … Continue reading

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6.4% of EU 27 population made up of foreign citizens

Analysis just published by eurostat shows that on 1 January 2009, 31.9 million foreign citizens lived in the EU27 Member States, of which 11.9 million were citizens of another EU27 Member State. The rest were citizens of countries outside the EU27, in particular from other European countries (7.2 million), Africa (4.9 million), Asia (4.0 million) and the American continent (3.3 … Continue reading

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Recession has led to a fall in EU migration

Georges Lemaitre, an OECD migration expert, claims that there has been a drop of about 25% in the UK from 2007 to 2008 in free movement labour migration, and that it appears that there will be a further 40% drop recorded for 2009. In a recent  interview he also discusses the extent to which governments can control migration flows and the … Continue reading

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UK population rises by over 400,000

The population of the UK rose by 408,000 in the year to mid-2008, giving a total of 61,383,000. This amounted to an increase of 0.7%. This compares with a growth rate of 0.2% from 1981-91; 0.3% from 1991-2001; and, 0.5% since 2001. This is an increase of two million people living in the UK in the past 8 years.   … Continue reading

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Migrants being hit by recession

Last week the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held a one-day meeting on “the contribution of migrants to development”. This followed a 2008 conference which said that UNCTAD should “conduct research and analysis on the potential benefits and opportunities of trade, investment and developmental links between migrants’ countries of origin and their communities abroad” and should “analyse … Continue reading

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EU immigrants: Are they a benefit to the UK?

The answer is a resounding “yes” according to research just published by the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London. They analysed immigrants from the so-called A8 countries from Central and Eastern Europe, which joined the EU in May 2004. These countries include the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland.   … Continue reading

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