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South Asian migrants more likely to settle in UK: Home Office report

Immigrants from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are more likely to settle permanently in the UK than those from other countries, a Home Office study has found.  

The report reveals that just 10% of South Asian migrants to the UK in the 1980’s and 1990’s returned home within two years of arriving in the UK, as compared 44% of migrants from ‘Old Commonwealth’ countries such as Australia and New Zealand.  

Two-thirds of those from the USA and Canada also emigrated from the UK within five years, the report added.

The survey also found that ever increasing numbers of Professional Middle Class Britons are leaving the UK for better prospects in countries such as Australia, Canada and regions like the Gulf Cooperation Council.  

Net migration to the UK, the number of people entering less those leaving, stands at about 216,000 with the Government aiming to cut this to the tens of thousands by 2015.

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