DATA: Most migrants come to the UK to work or study
A 2012 International Passenger Survey (IPS) conducted by the Office of National Statistics found the given reasons to why people migrate to the UK.
Figure 1: 2012 inflow of those coming to the UK for a given purpose (EU nationals excluding British)
Figure 2: 2012 inflow of those coming to the UK for a given purpose (Non-EU nationals)
The two charts show the inflow of those migrating to the UK in 2012, and their given purpose.
Figure 1 shows a greater emphasis of EU nationals (excluding British) arriving in the UK for work purposes, whilst figure 2 is heavier for Non-EU nationals migrating to study in the UK.
Figure 3: 2012 inflow of those coming to UK for a given purpose (all nationalities)
Figure 3 shows the inflow of all nationalities coming to the UK for a given purpose. This shows that work and study are equally weighted reasons for people migrating to the UK.