John Salt in demand
Professor John Salt addresses Royal Statistical Society and New Local Government think tank
On January 23rd, John Salt gave a presentation on the subject of Migration Statistics to a seminar at the Royal Statistical Society. He pointed out that, despite continuing dissatisfaction with international migration statistics in the UK, we are still a long way from the improvements that policy makers, researchers and other users would like to see. He presented a review of the most recent statistics relating to labour migration, demonstrating that when all routes of entry are taken into account, in 2007 more than 450,000 foreign labour migrants came to work in the UK.
Three days later John was a keynote speaker at a seminar organised by the New Local Government Network. He outlined the difficulties of providing migration statistics for local authorities seeking better measures of their population flows. He also argued that migrants should not be viewed as a homogeneous group, but as contributing to distinct streams, including labour and family migrants, asylum seekers and students.