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The ONS Migration Indicators Tool shows that the number of new GP registrations by international migrants had been reducing over the last few years from a high of 1,229 (6.1 per 1,000 population) in 2008 to 781 (3.9 per 1,000) in 2013. However, since 2014 the number of GP registrations by international migrants has been increasing. In 2017 there were 1,366 (6.7 per 1,000).[1] Over this period the England average had a similar pattern, reducing slightly from 11.3 GP registrations by international migrants per 1,000 population in 2008 to 10.9 per 1,000 in 2013, but increasing to 12.6 in 2017.

bmeIn the year to September 2018 there were 762 National Insurance Number (NINo) registrations in Gateshead.[2] NINo registrations are made when someone moves into the country and wants to begin work. Over half (58%) of these registrations originated with people from the European Union, and 24% were from Asia and the Middle East. NINo registrations hit a high point in 2007 when there were 1,069 registrations. Since then the number of registrations has gradually declined, hitting as low as 526 in 2012. However, the last few years have seen a resurgence of registrations, with 828 in 2015, and 843 in 2016, 735 in 2017 and now 762 in 2018. EU registrations made up 68% of applications in 2016, but reduced to 58% of applications in 2018. This may reflect the outcome of the Brexit referendum in 2016.


[1] ONS Migration Indicators Suite, Migration Indicators Tool, ONS 2017 (ONS website)

[2] DWP National Insurance Number Registrations, Year to September 2018 (GOV.uk website)

Last modified on 12th March 2019

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