LAST week the Office for National Statistics released figures showing that net migration for 2022, far from being lower than for previous years as per the routine promise of successive Conservative administrations, was higher than ever before at 606,000. This figure is nearly double the record high before Britain left the EU, as Robert James observed in his comprehensive history and analysis of the problem on TCW two weeks ago.
The campaigning think-tank Migration Watch estimated that if the 2022 figures were even half the forecast amount, this puts the UK on target for an increase in population of about 9million (equal to the population of London) in the next 20 years. They point out that uncontrolled immigration has already increased the UK population by nearly 7million over the past 20 years – that is seven times the population of Birmingham. ‘As a result, a new home is already needed every five minutes, day and night, just for new arrivals, adding hugely to our housing problems and pressure on our services, GP surgeries and schools. Today’s astounding figures mean even more homes, more doctors and more schools will be needed.’
These figures are changing the very nature of our society over an incredibly short time, and are why, Migration Watch believe, a majority of the public want to see lower levels of immigration. The popular, commonsense view has been ignored for far too long. That’s why, last week in response to the shocking new figures Migration Watch launched their Campaign to Cut Immigration, together with a petition.
By yesterday evening signatures had topped 26,000. But to make the impact required, they need to run to the millions. So many more are still needed.
The petition is available to sign here.
And encourage others to sign it too. It is very important that we do!