Immigration to UK doubled over ten years: report

The number of people who migrated to the UK was 512,600 in 2003, compared with 328,400 in 1991. The 2003 figure is nearly double the 1993 figure of 265,100.

The UK's Office of National Statistics figures are based mainly on data from the international passenger survey and 2003 is the latest date available. They show migrancy briefly dropping off in the early 1990s.

The figures follow a report this month that suggested Britain has been the top destination for migrants from the 10 new EU states since expansion. Immigration to the UK (in thousands):

1991 328.4
1992 267.6
1993 265.1
1994 314.4
1995 311.9
1996 317.8
1997 326.1
1998 390.3
1999 453.8
2000 483.4
2001 479.6
2002 512.8
2003 512.6