The missing million: Are we undercounting Britain’s immigrants?

The missing million: Are we undercounting Britain’s immigrants? by Tim Rowley.

Now concerns have been raised that Britain’s official system of measuring immigration – based on a survey initially designed to count tourists rather than migrants – could be significantly understating the number of people moving from the European Union to live and work in Britain. …

In the five years from July 2010, the ONS estimated that just under a million EU nationals moved to Britain. But during the same period, the Government gave arrivals from the EU more than 2.2 million National Insurance numbers.

The Government has long promised to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” …

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, has capitalised on the uncertainty. “They are pulling the wool over our eyes,” he has said. “[National Insurance numbers] are a simple and clear reflection of the real numbers of people in this country, as without them you can neither legally work, nor claim benefits.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil