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Number of east European migrants fall as recession bites

Posted by Lindy on May 26, 2009


Wednesday 20 May 2009

The number of foreign-born workers leaving Britain rose by nearly 30% as the recession started to bite last year, while the number of Polish and other east European migrants registering to work in Britain fell by 50% between January and March this year, compared with the same period in 2008.

But there has been  a surge of 27% in asylum applications from the world’s trouble spots, with Zimbabwe and Afghanistan leading the list. The number of new asylum seekers rose by 700 to 5,145 between January and March, with about ¾ of them being given permission to stay eventually.

A total of 15,840 people were removed from Britain between January and March this year, only 2,805 were failed asylum seekers, down 7%. The remaining 13,035 who were removed were non-asylum cases (mostly illegal immigrants)

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