Population and National Debt

May 02, 2010

Latest analysis shows that, as Britain struggles to pay down its huge national debt, we will have to provide for an extra one million people solely as a result of immigration over the next five years. This is equivalent to the combined populations of Manchester, Liverpool and York.

The figures, extracted by Migrationwatch, from the latest official population projections show that, from 2010 - 2115, the population is projected to increase by 1.15 million as a consequence of immigration – the immigrants themselves and their children born in the UK after their arrival. There are expected to be 222,000 children - enough to fill 440 primary schools of 500 each.

Over a ten year period the figures are even more stark. The population increase due to immigration is projected to be nearly 2.5 million, including 656,000 children.

Commenting, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migrationwatch UK said, "The government is now completely broke. Where are we going to find the billions of pounds that will be needed to provide the additional homes, schools and hospitals for this extra population? The only real solution is to get immigration right down".

Notes to Editors
1. The numbers are based on the 2008 Population projections prepared by the Office for National Statistics which can be found at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_population/NPP2008/NatPopProj2008.pdf

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