Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Written Parliamentary Question (WPQ)
    Date of Answer: 25.06.2007
    Column References: 462 c300-1W
    Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
    Topic: Entry Clearances
    Question: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued in each year since 2000; and how many of them were for (a) nurses, (b) doctors, (c) lecturers and (d) teachers for overseas nationals from (i) Africa, (ii) Asia, (iii) South America and (iv) the Caribbean.
    Answering Department: Home Office
    Member Answering Question: Byrne, Liam
    Answer: [holding answer 19 June 2007]: The following table shows the number of work permit applications which were approved for overseas nationals, in the period 1 January 2000 to 31 May 2007 from (a) Africa, (b) Asia (c) South America and (d) The Caribbean.The figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. Doctor Lecturer Nurse Teacher Total
    2000
    Africa ¹- 50 4,850 340 5,240
    Asia ¹- 160 8,110 80 8,345
    South America ¹- 15 35 5 60
    Caribbean ¹- 5 815 20 835
    Total ¹- 230 13,810 445 14,480

    2001
    Africa 270 65 7,760 2,485 10,580
    Asia 485 155 14,110 285 15,035
    South America ²- 15 85 40 145
    Caribbean 15 5 790 460 1,270
    Total 770 240 22,745 8,265 27,025

    2002
    Africa 1,070 80 10,275 3,380 14,805
    Asia 1,130 210 16,045 535 17,920
    South America 5 30 130 65 230
    Caribbean 55 5 760 620 1,440
    Total 2,260 325 27,210 4,600 34,395
    2003
    Africa 920 80 10,090 2,265 13,355
    Asia 2,020 295 17,375 370 20,060
    South America 5 30 170 50 250
    Caribbean 50 5 580 595 1,235
    Total 2,995 410 28,220 3,280 34,900

    2004
    Africa 840 105 9,985 1,680 12,615
    Asia 3,060 265 17,265 390 20,980
    South America 5 30 310 35 380
    Caribbean 65 10 570 420 1,060
    Total 3,965 410 28,135 2,530 35,035

    2005
    Africa 590 110 7,840 1,425 9,965
    Asia 2,920 290 13,235 370 16,810
    South America 5 35 235 60 340
    Caribbean 50 10 530 350 940
    Total 3,585 45 21,840 2,200 28,950

    2006
    Africa 520 80 4,585 1,225 6,410
    Asia 2,140 340 8,010 390 10,885
    South America 5 30 185 40 260
    Caribbean 40 10 305 310 665
    Total 2,705 460 13,085 1,970 18,220

    January to May 2007
    Africa 95 30 1,190 375 1,690
    Asia 275 115 2,125 130 2,645
    South America ²- 10 35 70 55
    Caribbean 5 5 90 95 190
    Total 380 165 3,440 610 4,585

    Grand total
    Africa 74,660
    Asia 112,680
    South America 1,720
    Caribbean 7,650
    Total 196,685
    ¹ Indicates 1 or 2.
    ² Indicates nil.
    Notes:
    1. Figures are rounded to nearest 5.
    2. Because of rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown.

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