EU Migrant Statistics

- Wednesday, 20th November 2002

 

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish figures showing the (a) population density and (b) inflow of migrants in the most recent available year in each country of the EU. [80707]

Ruth Kelly: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from L. Cook to Mr. P Lilley, dated 20 November 2002:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question concerning the population density and the number of migrants for each country in the European Union. (80707)

The attached table, provided by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, shows the population density and the number of immigrants in each country in the European Union.

The immigration figures shown in the table are provided by the member states and are based on national definitions. Differences in the definition of migrants by different countries can be very great. These differences mean that it is hard and occasionally misleading to draw conclusions about the comparative scale of migration in the countries concerned.

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Table 1: Population density and number of immigrants, European Union countries

Country

Population density 1 (Persons per sq. km)

Number of immigrants 2 (Thousands)

Austria

97.1

81.7

Belgium

337.7

368.5

Denmark

124.6

52.9

Federal Republic of Germany

230.9

841.2

Finland

17.1

16.9

France

5109.1

357.8

Greece

80.5

412.6

Ireland

55.3

46.2

Italy

192.5

3185.1

Luxembourg

172.6

11.8

Netherlands

5475.2

132.9

Portugal

5112.5

518.4

Spain

80.1

362.5

Sweden

21.7

58.7

United Kingdom

246.6

364.4

1 The population density figures are as of 1st January 2002

2 The number of immigrants are for the year 2000 unless otherwise shown

3 The figures are for the year 1999

4 The figures are for the year 1998

5 Figures are provisional

Note:

The definitions and data sources used to record immigration vary greatly across the

countries of the European Union

Source:

Eurostat

Type

Written Parliamentary Question

Date

20.11.2002

Parliamentary Session

02/03

Reference

394 c131-2W

 

 

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