On an average, more than 700 a day allowed entry
21st October 2009: Putting to rest all speculations on the economic slowdown resulting in a reduction in the number of migrants coming to Britain, a government report has asserted that the figure has almost doubled since Labour came to power.
The findings come at a time when the importance of the immigrants to the UK’s economy is well recognized. Only recently, Migration Advisory Committee’s report into the workings of Tier 2 of the Points Based System asserted immigration played an important role in supporting the UK economy.
The latest report suggest on an average more than 700 migrants a day have been allowed to enter. With this, their number has gone up to around three million since 1997. In the last eight years, Whitehall has estimated that figures have reached 2.3million.
The figures doled out by the Daily Express suggest there is now a total of 6.6 million immigrants in the UK, out of a population of 60.4 million.
The report by consultants Oxford Economics for the Communities and Local Government Department says there are 4.3million foreign-born people living in the UK in 2001. That number has risen to just under 11 per cent of the population. Out of 3.5million working migrants, just over two million were in the country before 2004.
Giving breakup, the report says among 1.5million people arriving since 2004, as many as 620,000 are from Poland and other Eastern European countries who joined the EU that year.
Reacting to the development, Migrationwatch think-tank chairman Sir Andrew Green says it is absolutely essential the main parties now commit themselves to a very sharp cut in immigration.