Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership

Demographic trends in the UK

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes a quarterly statistical bulletin on immigration to the UK and emigration from the UK, including net migration.  For the latest report please click here.

The Home Office has produced a user's guide to migration statistics, designed to be a useful reference guide on the issues and classifications used in the ONS quarterly statistical bulletin.  


Demographic trends in Northern Ireland 

NISRA (Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency) publishes an annual statistical bulletin on population and migration estimates and an annual statistical bulletin on long-term international migration statistics.

NISMP has produced a series of Community Profiles for Local Government Districts, designed to support councils in Northern Ireland to better understand the ethnic diversity within new local government boundaries, to better engage with migrant and minority ethnic communities, and to promote equality of opportunity and good relations.  Using figures collated principally from NISRA data sets, the profiles give an indication of migration flows into and out of the area over time.  This includes nationalities represented, the level of economic activity of migrant and minority ethnic communities, their needs in relation to public services and housing, as well as levels of hate crime.  

Department for Work and Pensions publishes statistics on national insurance number (NIN0) allocations to adult overseas nationals.  These are disaggregated down to region and local authority.

NINIS (Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service) publishes annual statistics relating to health card registrations and deregistrations by non-UK nationals. 

Census 2011 data provides further useful information on demographic trends in Northern Ireland.



Asylum Seekers and Refugees

An asylum seeker is someone who is fleeing persecution in their own country.  Asylum seekers are allowed to remain in the UK legally while their application is being considered, but they are generally not allowed to work while waiting a decision on their case.  A refugee refers to someone whose application for asylum has been accepted.

If judged to be at risk of destitution, asylum seekers may be eligible for assistance from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS), managed by the Home Office.  The key provisions relating to support for asylum seekers are outlined within the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

 While an asylum application is being considered, an asylum seeker may be eligible for accommodation and/or subsistence.  This is knows as Section 95 support.  Section 98 support provides short term accommodation and meets basic needs and may be made available to asylum seekers whose eligibility for Section 95 is being considered.  Asylum seekers who have had their asylum claim refused and who satisfy conditions may be eligible for Section 4 support.

Statistics for the number of asylum seekers in Northern Ireland are only available in relation to those who are in receipt of Section 95 support.  These can be accessed here.







Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership