Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, July 29, 2013

Counting people

As the British National Party (BNP) and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) make political hay from an alleged growth in immigration, it turns out that the number of immigrants might be unknown.

UK migration figures a best guess, say MPs
Official UK migration figures are "little better than a best guess", an influential group of MPs has said.

The Public Administration Committee said the statistics were "not fit for purpose" and did not accurately assess how many non-UK residents were entering and leaving the country.

The MPs recommended finding new ways to gather migration information.

But immigration minister Mark Harper defended the statistics as "accurate" and "very robust"…

Government van meant to fight off UKIP political slogans
In the year to June 2012, immigration was estimated at 515,000 while emigration was estimated at 352,000, putting net migration - the difference between the number of people entering and leaving the country - at 163,000…

But the MPs warned that current net migration statistics produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Home Office were "blunt instruments" and were "not adequate for understanding the scale and complexity of modern migration flows"…

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At 7:40 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Downing Street says 'go home' van ads are working

The use of vans with adverts urging illegal immigrants to "go home or face arrest" are working, No 10 says.

The PM's official spokesman said David Cameron disagreed with Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable's view that the scheme was "stupid and offensive".

The spokesman said the Home Office was "clear that this is already working".

He did not give figures on levels of response but said the Home Office was "looking at what they can take forward" from the London pilot scheme…


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