United Kingdom: statistics on immigration in 2016.
Recently, the UK Ministry of Internal Affairs published statistics on immigration for the first quarter of 2016. The main trends in figures are presented in our article.
Visas for families.
Between March 2015 and March 2016, UK authorities issued about 40,000 visas for families. Compared to the previous period (2014-2015), the statistician showed an increase of 11%. However, this year there was a decline (16%) in the number of visas issued to dependents accompanying other migrants (more than 65,000 this year and about 80,000 in the past). Note that the statistics do not include guest visas.
With regard to work visas, over the same period (2015-2016), more than 90,000 work visas were issued to qualified specialists.
According to the estimates of the State Statistics Committee of Great Britain, in the previous period the number of foreign workers was 71,000, which is 5,000 more than in the last reporting period. However, from the statistical point of view, such growth can not be called significant. During the same period (as of December 2015), the number of long-term work visas issued also increased by 22%.
In the period from 2015-2016. the number of issued student visas was just over 200,000, while the statistics do not include the category of short-term student visas without sponsorship, where a decline of 5% was revealed. In the same period, statistics on applications for visas sponsored by various British universities showed a slight decline - the number of applications was a little over 160,000.
According to the report, the number of guest visas in the period under review was just over half a million (530,000), indicating a 2% decline (about 11,000).
During the same period, the number of issued visas increased by 35,000 (an increase of 2%) to 1.9 million. A significant increase was noted in the number of guest visas issued to Chinese citizens - an increase of 23% (slightly less than 500,000, not including Hong Kong), and India - 14% (almost 400,000). At the same time, there was a significant decrease in applications for visitor visas from Russian citizens - 32% (about 100 000), namely 150 000 applications less than in the previous quarter),
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United Kingdom: statistics on immigration in 2016.