Six Key Facts

  • 1. Net migration nearly quadrupled from 48,000 in 1997 to 185,000 in 2003. Once the East Europeans had been granted free movement in 2004, it rose again. Net foreign migration under Labour was 3.6 million, two thirds coming from outside the EU.
  • 2. In 2014, 641,000 migrants arrived in Britain, more than the total population of Sheffield. In the same year 323,000 migrants left so net migration was 318,000.
  • 3. We must build a new home every six minutes to accommodate the additional demand from new migrants for the next 20 years or so.
  • 4. England (not the UK) is the second most crowded country in Europe, after the Netherlands, excluding island and city states.
  • 5. The UK population is projected to grow by almost ten million over the next 25 years. Of this increase, about two thirds is projected to be due to future migrants and their children - the equivalent of the current populations of Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Edinburgh, and Liverpool.
  • 6. To stabilise the UK’s population size, net migration would have to be reduced to around 40,000 a year.

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