Net migration into the UK has averaged 166,000 a year over the last 7 years. [1]
The UK’s population is projected to rise by  7.2 million from 2004 to 2031 – 6.0 million (83%) of this rise is due to immigration.[2] That’s equivalent to a two cities the size of Cambridge every year, or 6 cities the size of Birmingham over the 27 year period, needing to be built because of immigration.[3]
59,000 new homes will be required in England each year for the next 17 years for immigrants.[4]
In 2004 12.0 million non-EU nationals arrived in the UK[5]. How many left? No one knows – we have no embarkation controls.
In Inner London 57% of all births are to foreign-born mothers. [6]
70% of net international migration is to London. In recent years a net 100,000 migrants a year have been arriving in London and there has been a net movement of 100,000 existing residents from London to the rest of the UK.[7]
The cost of running the Immigration and Nationality Department of the Home Office rose from £300 million in 1998-1999 to 1.9 billion in 2003-4.[8] Legal aid costs of £170m a year are additional.
England is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It has nearly twice the population density of Germany, 4 times that of France and 12 times that of the USA.
Since 1997 about 376,000 asylum seekers have been refused permission to stay here but only 85,000 have been recorded as having been removed from the UK. [9]
And those with families whose claims have failed continue to receive benefits worth an average of £15,000 a year tax free.[10]

03 January 2006


[1] ONS: International Migration Series MN no. 30 and News Release 20 October 2005
[2] Comparison of Government Actuary’s 2004-based principal and natural change population projections. See
[3] The population of Birmingham is 977,000 and Cambridge’s population is 109,000 according to the 2001 census.
[4] Lords Hansard 8 Dec 2004 Column WA39 – this is based on net migration and other changes of 99,000 a year for England
[5] Home Office: Control Of immigration: Statistics 2004
[6] ONS Birth Statistics 2004  – Series FM no.33
[7] ONS – Internal and International Migration.
[8] Home Office Departmental Report 2003-4 Section 6 Finance and Staffing
[9] Home Office Asylum Statistics 1997-2004 and Q3, 2005. Figures exclude dependants.
[10] Home Office Press Release 295/2003 24.10.2003 – ‘Moving even 1,000 [families] off support will save £15 million in support costs in addition to any potential savings on legal aid’

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