Immigration statistics covering Q3 2009 have been released by the Home Office.
The statistics show that asylum applications dropped to 5,055 for the quarter - a 24% reduction on the same quarter in 2008.
Decisions on asylum cases have risen 38% compared to the same quarter in 2008 with the grant rate for asylum falling to 12%. In December 2008, the UK Border Agency met it's target of concluding 60% of new asylum cases within six months.
Applications from Eastern Europeans to work in the UK under the worker registration scheme have stabilised at 29,085, compared to 41,265 during the same period last year and 28,060 in quarter two 2009.
The Office for National Statistics figures show that net-migration fell to 163,000 in 2008, from 233,000 in 2007, the lowest level since the eight accession countries joined the EU in 2004.
The figures also show that of those coming to the UK in 2008, 14 per cent, 85,000, were British citizens returning to live in Britain. This was more than any other individual nationality.