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Migration Watch hero deserves all the support we can give


THE think tank Migration Watch’s petition calling on the Government to reduce net migration to less than 100,000, up for two weeks now, has garnered just 36,000-odd signatures. It needs many, many more. What’s more, we need to get behind the man behind it, one of the bravest men in Britain, if his campaign is to have any impact 

Without Alp Mehmet, chairman of Migration Watch, the Government would not be held to account at all over its reckless and irresponsible open-all-hours and open-borders-to-all migrants policy. Without his organisation (founded by the equally brave and persistent former diplomat, Sir Andrew Green) we’d not have the latest mind-boggling data and analysis of UK migration and (so-called) asylum figures so regularly brought before us. Without his persistence there would be no one authoritative in the public eye tasking the government with its repeated failure to get a grip on the problem.

Central to his campaign is Migration Watch’s new Cut Immigration website which explains the core problems of excess immigration – not opinion, only facts. Key in this context is Professor David Coleman’s briefing paper on the latest population projections Alp Mehmet commissioned. The analysis of this Emeritus Professor of Demographics shows that ‘if net migration to the UK is allowed to continue at the present record level of 606,000 per year, the UK population is projected to grow by more than 15million by 2046 – far surpassing the level of 80million before mid-century’.  

He estimates that this would result in the need to build between six and eight million more homes – equal to between 15 and 18 more cities the size of Birmingham. The paper emphasises that immigration is the largest component of demand for additional housing. Given the housing crisis we are in, all politicians of all hues must see the sense in the Migration Watch proposal.

Reducing net migration to 100,000 per year or less (though some, like me, might think the only watertight solution would be to call a moratorium on all migration immediately) would ease the impact of the housing shortage and give young Britons ‘a brighter prospect of putting their feet on the property ladder’. 

It is clear that what they are asking for is measured and reasonable. You can see Alp Mehmet announcing the launch of the campaign outside Parliament here.

If the government finally sees reason and turns words into action it will be no little thanks to the determination, energy and hard work of this one man. He and his campaign deserve all the support we can give.

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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