Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    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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