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The population of Britain rose by more than 470,000 last year, its fastest rate in nearly half a century, the Evening Standard reports this week.

The dramatic increase means the total now stands at 62.3 million, over three million more than 10 years ago.

London‘s population rose by 71,600 to a new high of 7.8 million, representing a rise of 0.9 per cent in just 12 months.

Nearly half of the national increase was the result of net migration, which was the highest recorded since 2005. The remainder was down to natural change – the difference between births and deaths – although a key factor in this was the number of babies born to women who had previously arrived from overseas.

The new figures, released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), will heighten the debate about the extent of population growth over recent years and the impact of high levels of migration on housing, schools, hospitals and other public services.

Unveiling the findings, which cover the year to the end of June last year, statistician Ben Humberstone said: “The population is the highest it has ever been.”

He added: “It’s also the highest growth rate that we have seen since 1962, the time of the baby boom.”

Today’s figures show that 243,000 of the total increase came from natural change and that 230,000 was the result of net migration.

On birth rates, today’s report says that the number of women of child-bearing age has risen since 2002 because of the arrival of young women from abroad.

It also points out that the birth rate for UK-born women has risen, although this category includes those whose parents or grandparents were migrants, some of which groups have traditionally higher birth rates.

Falling deaths have further added to the population, but high net migration has been even more significant.

In 2009/10, immigration of 574,000 outstripped emigration of 344,000 to give a net influx of 230,000.

Net migration since 2001 totals 3.1 million, much of the recent rise due to EU expansion and mass migration from Eastern Europe.

The ONS recently revealed that some 545,000 Polish passport holders now live in the UK (according to official figures), compared with 75,000 in 2003, the year before Poland joined the EU.

The ONS reports that net migration from Poland and other east European countries increased to 43,000 in the 12 months to September 2010, compared with a fall of 12,000 the year before.

Immigration flows have hit their highest level for six years with numbers increasing from Eastern Europe, even from Bulgaria and Romania despite restrictions on working in the UK.

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UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website 

See article:

 

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website

See also:

Bulgarian immigration increasing despite UK restrictions

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals 

Immigration to UK from Poland rises again

HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE UK BORDER AGENCY WEBSITE

If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk 

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