Anil Dawar – Daily Express July 1, 2011
THE devastating effect of Labour’s shambolic immigration policy over the past decade has helped push Britain’s population through the 62-million barrier.
Last year’s 470,000 rise is the biggest for nearly half a century, Government figures revealed yesterday, and is enough people to fill a city the size of Manchester.
The increase took the UK’s population in July 2010 to 62.2 million – 3.1 million more than nine years earlier.
Campaigners said the shocking figures bore out earlier warnings about Labour’s lax immigration policy.
Yesterday Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: “These are astonishing figures.
“They are further evidence that the Government must take urgent steps to get a grip of immigration which is a major factor in this unprecedented population growth.
“The alternative is substantial extra investment in public services for which there is no money.”
Paul Nuttall, MEP and Ukip deputy leader, said: “We have warned about the results of an open-door immigration policy.”
Government statisticians yesterday said the 0.8 per cent annual rise – the highest since 1962 – was mainly due to the biggest baby boom in a decade.
In the 12 months to July 2010, there were 797,000 births, around 10,000 more than the previous year and 134,000 more than in 2001/02 when the country’s population was 59.1 million.
The relatively high birth rate among the growing number of immigrant families was a significant factor, the Office of National Statistics said in its statistical bulletin published yesterday.
Fertility rates of non-UK born females stands at 2.48 children each on average, compared with 1.94 for those women born here.
One in every four babies born in Britain in 2009 was to a migrant mother – the highest since the recording of parents’ country of birth was introduced in 1969.
The net migration boom was fuelled by a drastic fall in people leaving Britain.
Some 574,000 entered the UK last year, up 12,000 on the previous 12 months. But those emigrating fell from 386,000 in 2008/09 to 344,000 a year later.
Last night Immigration Minister Damian Green: “This is yet more evidence of the impact that a decade of uncontrolled migration has had on the UK. Net migration has been too high but the controls and reforms we are introducing will bring it back down to the tens of thousands.”
David Cameron has said he wants to bring annual net migration down to just “tens of thousands” by 2015.
But Oxford University’s Migration Observatory said last week he was unlikely to meet his deadline.
England to be most overcrowded EU nation
Nick Allen – Telegraph.co.uk January 2, 2008
England is about to become the most crowded major country in Europe, official figures show.
It is ready to overtake Holland, leaving only the tiny island of Malta with a higher population density.
About 70 per cent of the recent population growth in England resulted from immigration and much of the rest was down to higher birth rates among immigrants.
The Conservatives accused ministers of ignoring the dangers of increasing population density. Pressure on housing, transport and other services has reached unprecedented levels, especially in the South.
There were 390 people for every square kilometre in England in 2006, up from 387 the previous year, the figures from the Office for National Statistics showed.
That number is predicted to reach 464 people per square kilometre by 2031 if trends continue.
The population density is already almost double the level in Germany and quadruple that in France. In 2005 Holland had 393 people per square kilometre, but lower immigration levels there mean England may already have overtaken it.
The Tory MP James Clappison, secured the release of the figures in a written Commons answer. He said: “It shows that England, if not the most crowded already, will very soon be so.
“This is more evidence of the impact of immigration and if present patterns of migration continue we are going to get much more crowded. There will be a big impact on quality of life.”
The figures will also lead to heightened concern over Labour’s intention to build hundreds of thousands of homes in southern England, amid fears that protected green belt land will be exploited.
About 1.3 million immigrants have arrived in the past decade and ministers say the record levels are required because the British economy has 600,000 job vacancies. But the think tank MigrationWatch has said that immigration tends to lead to reduced wages.
At present, there are 3.5 million Britons claiming jobseekers’ allowance or incapacity benefit. The think tank said a culture of benefits dependency among workers was developing with “little financial incentive for people with families living on benefits to find employment”.
It cited the example of a family where one parent earns the minimum wage. It said they would be between £14 and £24 a week better off if they did not work and received maximum incapacity benefit.
Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of MigrationWatch, said: “We keep hearing that we need immigrants to do the jobs that the British won’t do. It has been suspected for some time that benefit levels are a real disincentive to work and our research spells out why this may be so.”