New UK Immigration and asylum statistics

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01 December 2009

The Home Office have recently released statistics on immigration, asylum applications, migration from Eastern Europe and removals of those illegally in the UK for the period July to September 2009.

"Net migration is falling, showing that migrants come to the UK for short periods of time, work, contribute to the economy and then return home" said Phil Woolas, Border and Immigration Minister.

According to the Government the Office for National statistics figures show the following:

Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said:

"Our new, flexible points-based system gives us greater control over those coming to work or study from outside Europe, ensuring that only those that Britain need can come."

"Our border has never been stronger, as illustrated by the fall in asylum applications and the record numbers we are stopping at Calais."

"We are making the UK a more hostile place for illegal immigrants by issuing foreign nationals with identity cards, checking those who apply for visas against watch-lists and fining those who employ illegal workers."