Labour’s open-door immigration policy led to the largest population explosion since the Saxon invasion more than 1,000 years ago, the Daily Mail reports today.
An audit of official figures last night revealed that during the party’s 13 years in power Britain’s foreign-born population increased by three million.
At the same time, nearly a million British citizens left the country.
The report shows that net immigration, the number of immigrants arriving versus those leaving, had reached almost three million by mid-2009.
Campaign group MigrationWatch said figures to be published by the Office for National Statistics on Thursday will show that by mid-2010 that total had reached 3.2million.
In recent years, migrants have been arriving at the rate of around ‘one every minute’, the group’s report says.
It comes as a poll found, for the first time, that those in the 16-24 age group were more worried about migrant numbers than those in their 30s.
The 3.2million population increase does not include illegal immigrants – of whom there are around one million in the UK.
MigrationWatch says the ‘three million-plus extra people on this island equates to the creation of three cities the size of Birmingham’.
The open-door policy was pursued with no public consultation, the study says.
Sir Andrew said: ‘We would agree, the sheer scale of what has occurred is changing Britain fundamentally and irrevocably and in ways the majority of the population did not ask for, were not consulted about and did not wish to see.’
The MigrationWatch report estimates that 5.5million foreign migrants arrived in 13 years of Labour government, not accounting for those who left.
That is the equivalent of 423,000 a year – or 48 an hour. In recent years, the figure rose to around 470,000 per annum – close to one every minute.
Last night, Immigration Minister Damian Green said: ‘Unlimited migration has placed unacceptable pressure on our public services over the years.
‘That is why we are currently carrying out major reform of the system to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands.
‘We have already introduced an annual limit to the number of economic visas from outside the UK alongside new proposals to reform other routes of entry including student, marriage and settlement visas, which have in the past been subject to widespread abuse.’
Critics have insisted Labour adopted a deliberate policy of mass immigration to create a ‘multicultural’ country.
Last night, Labour’s immigration spokesman Gerry Sutcliffe said: ‘This is an unbalanced, misleading and highly political report. Migration levels increased initially because of the strength of the British economy over many years.
‘The most recent figures show net migration from outside the EU was coming down as a result of the points-based system and over a third of “long-term migrants” were in fact students, the vast majority of whom study, pay their fees, and then return home.’ Source: Daily Mail.
What the Mail and their friend Sir Andrew Green fail to mention is that the majority of immigration since the EU expanded into the Eastern Bloc has come from European Citizens enjoying ‘free movement’ rights under Article 39 of the EC Treaty.
No amount of capping ‘shortage occupation listed’ skilled workers or clamping down of overseas Tier 4 students will stop the main flow of migrants from Eastern Europe.
A common misconception by British employers is that all members of the European Union have the same rights to work here. Wrong. Not all EU members have the right to freely work in the UK.As members of the European Union, Bulgarians and Romanians have visa-free access to the UK, however, they do not enjoy the same rights to work as the earlier A8 Eastern European EU accession countries such as Poland and Latvia.
Employers overlook the fact that they cannot employ a Romanian or Bulgarian worker in the same way they can a Polish or other A8 accession country citizen.
Many Romanians and Bulgarians register as self employed and start businesses, which is allowed, or work and study on a Yellow Card Visa.Romanian and Bulgarian Students taking vocational or sandwich courses, such as NVQ in Health and Social Care, are allowed to work full time, as stated on their Yellow Cards.
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