10 December 2013

Frank Field: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the nationality was of the 49,000 non-EU students who had been in the UK for at least 12 months for the purposes of study and were identified in the International Passenger Survey as departing the UK in the year ended December 2012.

Nick Hurd: (The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office; Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Conservative) The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking theMinister for the Cabinet Office, what the nationality was of the 49,000 non-EU students who had been in the UK for at least 12 months for the purposes of study and who were identified in the International Passenger Survey as departing the UK in the year ended December 2012.

The Office for National Statistics produces estimates of Long-Term International Migration (LTIM), primarily based on the International Passenger Survey (IPS). The IPS is a continuous voluntary sample survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics.

Table 1: Emigration of non-EU nationals with a previous main reason for immigration of formal study, by nationality, year ending December 2012 (Thousand)
Country of nationality Estimate +/- 95% Confidence Interval
China 12 3
India 8 2
Malaysia 3 1
Pakistan 3 1
USA 2 1
Thailand 2 1
Nigeria 2 1
Sri Lanka 1 1
Norway 1 1
Jordan 1 2
Saudi Arabia 1 1
Philippines 1 1
Taiwan (China) 1 1
Hong Kong 1 1
Vietnam 1 1
Malawi 1 1
Japan 1 1
Nepal 1 1
Korea, South/Republic 1 1
Mauritius 1 1
Other 7 2
Total (All Non-EU Nationals) 49 6
1. All estimates are individually rounded to the nearest thousand. Totals may not add exactly due to this rounding. 2. Individual nationalities are presented in descending sequence based on the unrounded emigration estimates. 3. The Other category includes all non-EU nationalities with at least one contact on the IPS but where the estimate by individual nationality rounds to zero. Source: Office for National Statistics—International Passenger Survey.

Confidence intervals (CIs) provide an estimated range within which the true value of a population is likely to fall. The confidence intervals in the table are 95 per cent confidence intervals; this means that this range is expected to contain the true value of the number of migrants around 95 per cent of the time. Caution should be exercised when using an estimate which has a large confidence interval.

Hansard Reference: Citation: HC Deb, 10 December 2013, c192W


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