United Kingdom: Record Number of Work Permits Issued in 2008

A record 151,635 work permits were issued in the United Kingdom in 2008. The Telegraph further reports that: 

  • Indians were the largest recipient of the permits, at 49,950, followed by 28,835 Americans and 8,090 for workers from China.
  • More than one in four permits allowed the migrant to stay for up to five years although 40 per cent were for less than a year.
  • Some 85 permits were for more than five years.
  • Over the same time period, unemployment increased by 290,000. 

These figures emerged on the day that Britain officially entered a recession.


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