Welcome for Home Secretary's acceptance of Migrationwatch figures that net inward migration to Britain is now 180,000 a year+ illegal immigration
September 18, 2002
Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons
on September 18, the Home Secretary accepted that 180,000 per )for
EU foreign immigration) should be taken as a basis. Mrs Blunkett
said that this figure (180,000) is 'a reasonable estimate of the
situation.' He had
earlier remarked, 'I would not criticise those who indicate that
the figure is larger than the 180,000 but what I would ask them
to do is to be circumspect because their information and mine is
subject to enormous error.'
Asked later whether it would not be sensible for the Home Office
to make some estimated about undetected asylum seekers and over
stayers, Mr Blunkett said 'I am happy to hear from people as to
their commitment and input into that work, including Migrationwatch.'
He had said earlier that 'I do not believe there is any point in
hiding information because it merely deludes ourselves when we need
to find solutions to a very, very big problem.'
The full text of his exchange with Mr David Cameron MP can be found
in questions numbered 40-45 in the evidence given to the Home
on September 18.
Note: The Office for National Statistics have since changed all
the immigration figures to fit the census result which they regard
We are still assessing heir methodology.