UK is the most populated immigration destination within the European Union

London, UK

According to the last statistical information regarding immigration trends in the European Union, the UK is the most popular country for immigrants.

The 2012 numbers released by the statistical agency Eurostat show that 591 000 immigrants came to the UK. The other countries ordered by popularity are as follows:

1. UK 591,000
2. Spain 465,200
3. Italy 458,900
4. Germany 404,100

These four countries attract almost 60% of the total immigration in the EU. Furthermore, the Eurostat data reveals that nearly 80 000 immigrants received EU citizenship during 2012.

Of these, 24% (or 194,800) were granted citizenship in the UK. The UK granted citizenship to more foreign nationals than any other EU country that year.

France was second granting citizenship to 143,300 people or about 17.5% of the total.

According to Sir Andrew Green, who is a chairman of the immigration group Migrationwatch, the statistical results show the inability of the former Labour government to tackle the problems associated with mass-immigration.

In 2010 the Labour government was replaced by a Coalition which tried to engage with the inbound migration by introducing various control measures such as:

• Introducing an annual cap of 20,700 on the number of Tier 2 (General) visas for skilled workers
• Abolishing the Tier 1 (General) visa for highly skilled workers
• Cracking down on educational establishments that were suspected of issuing Tier 4 student visas to people who come to the UK to work rather than to study
• Increasing the amount of money that a UK citizen earns before being able to bring his or her spouse to live in the UK

Despite the measures, the current UK immigration minister Mark Harper has said that Britain will always be open for bright and creative immigrants.

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