Immigration Spain, the UK, Germany and Italy top European immigration tables


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Spain, the UK, Germany and Italy top European immigration tables

by RAY CLANCY on JANUARY 21, 2011

More people from outside of the European Union arrived to live in Spain, Germany, the UK and Italy than any other countries, according to the latest figures to be released.

The figures from Eurostat, the European Union?s statistics department, show these were the only four member states that accepted more than 100,000 immigrants in 2008, the most recent data available.

Spain had 498,900 immigrants from outside the EU, the UK 307,400, Italy 283,700 and Germany 237,900. These four countries took more than two-thirds, 67 %, of all immigrants to any of the EU member states. France used to admit high numbers of immigrants, but it took only 89,000 two years ago.

Overall, EU member states received a total of 3.8 million immigrants in 2008, down 6% from the previous year. Italy is the main destination for hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East who see it as the easiest route into Europe, and Spain is the choice for immigrants from Latin America.

The report also shows that international migration is one of the key drivers of population growth in the EU and immigrants are younger.

The figures will add to the current government policy in the UK to reduce immigrants by tens of thousands. A controversial new cap is due to start in April.

The reports show that country outside the EU from where the most people came to Britain in 2008 was India, at 47,000. A cap is regarded as the only possible form of control because EU laws demand free movement between the 27 member states.

Conservative MPs said that the new figures show the need for the Coalition government to act effectively. ?These figures show that the Government needs to pull its finger out and get on with it. ?People are fed up with talk. They want to see significant reductions. People will hold ministers to account for this at the next election,? said Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton.

Last week, a UK survey showed four out of five people want to see immigration reduced and more than half the population want to see immigration cut ?a lot?.

The new cap is due to limit visas for less skilled workers from outside Europe to 21,700 next year, a reduction of a fifth. A consultation is also underway on how to cut the number of student visas.

?This shows why the Government is committed to reducing net migration to sustainable levels from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands within the lifetime of this Parliament,? said Immigration Minister Damian Green.

?We have already introduced a limit on non-EU economic migration and throughout 2011 we will be introducing further controls across the board to affect every immigration route. We will exert steady downward pressure on immigration numbers,? he added.
Sweden received just over 100 000 in 2008 and in 2010 as well, and we have a 12 % immigration percentage, and as such higher than that of the UK. The countries of the the article are the biggest countries in the EU, and receives greater numbers in reality, but several countries in the EU receives greater chunks of immigration relative to their native population, than these mentioned countries.

I don't think that these countries being attractive from an immigration aspect is very surprising. They are well known big countries with great economies.

English is a global language, and the UK was until recently the greatest empire of the world. I can't imagine how anyone should be surprised that great many people from India comes to the UK. I believe Spain to be in a similar situation, and together with Italy makes up two great southern fringe countries where Greece - with it's smaller population - is not immune either as with the border problems and the Frontex operation there. Germany is one of the biggest economies in the world. The reasons for immigration to the these countries seem to be historical, economical, as well as geographical. I think it is what should be expected.

I suspect that most of the people immigrating to the EU are just not going to go to the f. Easter Bloc, for the the reasons of language, economy or that they just simply don't know they exist.

They are not economic migrants, but still, something seldom mentioned is the great amount of British immigrants to Spain.

Times have changed by the decades. From the fall of the Soviet Union and the change of regimes in the world, with wars and catastrophes, we have experienced an increased number of people surging into global migration supported by the ever increasing ease of travel and movement of goods, people and culture. There are many different reasons in the background, but the ever present motive of poverty seem to be the major cause lingering. It is combatable, and we have pledged to do so. With the rise of Chinese and Indian standard of living, there is a great improvement of the world in this issue. This too are now often being presented as a threat. On one hand we pledge to root out poverty, on the other we react negatively when that happens. As if it was a surprise the world can change, as if we didn't realize improved economy means increased competition and stepping back on the world scene. It's almost as we didn't mean it.

I think that immigration should be viewed in the global context and compared to the rest of society. We also have an aging population throughout the whole of the f. first and second world, where it seems we do need the immigration. There must be a limitation on immigration into the EU, but I think the view on immigration in general is skewed. Maybe the view of the national state and the expectations of what a nation should look like is a part of the problem, and to stop viewing immigration as a problem is a part of the solution.
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Things are changing in the UK, the new government plans to reduce levels of immigration to the 10,000s which I think is far more sensible.
Soon thousands of spanish will be flying to LaTam. Be humble my friend. You're not better than us.
Would have thought there is an easy way to control EU immigration. Euro25k for a passport - that should weed out those that we don't want.

I know that is not very liberal but it is a practical way of ensuring we get mainly skilled migrants.
In Spain, immigration is already a mess. There are immigrants with more than 300 faults and are not expelled from Spain, is incomprehensible, it is possible that NGOs, left the church and the poor need, but the Spanish is all we want them to leave our country. They should change the laws about it.
spaniards are ungratefully and awfull people...

they have always been a ruined country who had to migrate to eat and a have a decent life... now they are treating migrants like garbage.

how disgusting this country... no wonder everyone in europe not take them serious.
Qualified expulsion

The Department of the Interior created in 2009 the Brigade of Expulsion of Foreign Delinquents of the National Body of Police officer (BEDEX), whose mission is the repatriation of foreign delinquents with numerous criminal and/or judicial records linked with terrorism, organized bands, violence of genre or any other criminal fact of special gravity and that suppose a threat for the public safety. This expulsion is arranged judicially and it bears the prohibition of entry in Spain and in the member countries of the space Schengen.

The creation of the BEDEX has allowed to improve the efficacy of this type of qualified expulsion: in 2010 8.196 foreign delinquents were expelled opposite to the 5.564 in 2008, which supposes an increase of 47,3 %.

The Brigade, created in 2009 and integrated to Police station General of Status of foreigners and Border, supports a constant communication with the judicial authorities, the Attorney General's office and Penitentiary Institutions, with whom there is shared the access to the respective databases. The target is to know the penitentiary situation of the foreign criminals backsliders to be able to manage, if it proceeds, his expulsion with the judicial authorization. This work developed by the BEDEX reverberates in the progress of the delinquency rates.
Since Europe is on the verge of catatrophe it may will be wise not to moan too many about immigration.... specially our friends in south europe.
I wonder why do immigrants come to Spain, or at least don't leave the country (most of them dont') given that there is 25% of unemployment rate. Big mistery to me (or not...)
Since Europe is on the verge of catatrophe it may will be wise not to moan too many about immigration.... specially our friends in south europe.

Immigration in Spain is itself a big resources drain that instead of being positive for economy agravates its bad situation right now. Why? Well, there is not employment for even Spaniards, so it makes no sense that Spain has one of the biggest immigrant population rates in Europe. It may make sense for other countries that expect South Europe to be the dump of undersired migration. I think that if it was possible Spain should accept to send the immigrants Spain does not need but still live in Spain to prosperous North Europe with the sole condition of Spaniards not being allowed to migrate at the same time to the rest of Europe thanks to the Schengen treaty if things get worse. Losses would be smaller than the gains.
What percentage of the immigrants in Spain are illegal?

I thought Spain had a similar problem to Greece, in that there is a high percentage of illegal immigrants mainly from north Africa? We also have a high number of illegals from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq that come in through Turkey.

But like you, I cannot understand why they stay when there is nothing here for them in the way of employment etc and they are an enormous drain on an economy that is already struggling.

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