Settlement in UK For Non-EU Migrants(The Migration Observatory)


In 2010, there were 237,890 grants of settlement to non-European migrants, 22% more than the previous peak in 2009.

Settlements in 2005-2009 averaged 156,425 per annum, increasing from 125,645 p.a. in the previous five-year period and 68,570 p.a. from 1995-1999.

In 2010, 35% of settlements were granted on the basis of employment and residency (including dependents of labour migrants), another 34% were granted for “other discretionary reasons”, many of which are linked to a backlog of asylum cases. 29% of settlements were granted on the basis of family and 2% on the basis of asylum.

In 2010, among migrants granted settlement the most common countries of citizenship were India (16% of all settlements) and Pakistan (9%).

At least 88% of settlements on the basis of marriage in 2010 were granted to spouses of British citizens.

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