By Sir Andrew Green
Chairman of Migration Watch UK
12 May 2012
Your editorial “British Workers” (12 May) was right to point out that the flow of workers from EU states stems from treaty obligations and cannot be cut back by immigration policy. However, despite all the talk about Polish workers, it is important to understand that the EU is not where the real numbers are coming from.
For nearly ten years non EU immigration has been running at about 300,000 a year but only 100,000 have been leaving. This can and must be addressed by changes in the immigration regime. Net migration accounts for two thirds of the population growth that is placing such pressure on our public services at a time of financial stringency.