Updated figures show change in UK immigration patterns

27 Jun 2012 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Updated UK immigration figures have revealed a change in the patterns of migration and settlement.

Compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the data shows that the number of foreigners settling in a certain part of Lincolnshire over the past five years is three times higher than earlier estimates due to changes in the way in which the data is handled.

Alterations also revealed a 16 per cent rise in the overall population of London, while other councils effectively lost half of their immigrant communities in the shake-up. Cambridge, Norwich and Durham are among those who saw their numbers fall and are now concerned that they will lose out on public services funding.

Overall, the research found that the estimated number of immigrants spending more than a year in the country between 2006 and 2010 fell by 0.4 per cent to 2.52 million under the revised calculations.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government told the Telegraph: "For the next local government finance settlement we intend to use the latest available population figures, which should include census results.

"These will be more up-to-date than those published by the ONS last November. We will shortly be consulting about the technical details of the settlement."

The way in which UK immigration is measured has been a subject of controversy of late as the government attempts to dramatically reduce the number of people moving to Britain. UK visas for students have been a particular issue with certain groups calling for the government to exclude students from the migration figures due to the economic importance of the higher education sector.