March 22, 2004The Government has been accused of concealing the true impact of immigration on our future population growth.
But further analysis of the Government's statistics by think-tank Migrationwatch has revealed that even these figures understate the real position by a significant margin and, in fact, the true proportion should be 85%.
And if net immigration continues at present levels, the proportion of our population growth due to future immigrants and their descendants will rise to 89% of a total of 7.6 million by 2031, two million more than the Government's principal projection.
In describing their projection, the Government claimed that, out of a total population rise of 5.6 million by 2031, there would be some three million immigrants - but they only included first generation migrants. Children and grand children of these migrants were counted in the natural population increase and hence not attributed to the effect of migration.
'It is unacceptable that the Government should manipulate the figures in this way so as to conceal the true impact of immigration from public view,' said Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migrationwatch UK.Clearly if the first generation of migrants had not arrived on our shores, their descendants would not add to our population.