Ahead of the Home Office’s publication of new visa statistics on Thursday, Migration Watch UK have today published a paper which analyses where the UK’s migrant populations have come from, the reasons so many people have come here since 2001 and also where populations of different backgrounds have settled. It finds:
That while having a job is a key aid to integration, more than six million of the nine million non-UK born people here in 2019/20 came for reasons other than work, including to join relatives, to study or to claim asylum;
The failure to control immigration from all parts of the world is a serious threat to the cohesion of our society;
London, the West Midlands and the North West especially have seen major population churn over a relatively short period;
The total populations of the South East and East of England have each increased by around a million over the past two decades.
Also included are the following key points:
a) Immigration is a huge fiscal cost to the UK despite immigrants being younger than the overall population and much more likely to be of working age. Immigration represented an overall net fiscal cost of between £4billion and £13billion per year for 2014/15 and 2016/17 respectively, depending upon the assumptions made by researchers.
b) Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of the nine million or so foreign-born population were born outside the EU; just over a third (38 per cent) were EU-born, according to recent estimates.
c) Since 2001/2 the Eastern European-born population rose by over a million, the South Asian-born population by 780,000 and the sub Saharan African-born population by 520,000.
d) In the last two decades, the share of births involving at least one non-UK born parent in England and Wales has increased from just over a fifth to just over a third.
Alp Mehmet, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: ‘This paper shows the huge size and mix of the foreign-born population now resident in Britain. The task of integrating millions of new arrivals into our society is huge. It is now absolutely essential to reduce the current massive inflow. And yet, the government have thrown open the doors of our labour market.’
You can read the paper here.