Ten Key Points on Mass Immigration and Population Growth
1. The current scale of migration to the UK, 330,000 a year, of which roughly half is from the EU, is completely unsustainable.
2. As a result of this mass immigration our population is projected to rise by half a million every year - the equivalent of a city the size of Liverpool - for as long as immigration is permitted on the present scale.
3. England is already twice as crowded as Germany and 3.5 times as crowded as France.
4. The additional population growth makes congestion worse and adds to the pressures on public services. This comes at a time when public spending is being reduced.
5. One in four children born in England and Wales is to a foreign born mother. The rise in the number of births has put pressure on NHS maternity services.
6. It has also led to a shortage of school places. 60% of local authorities will have a shortage of primary school places by 2018.
7. The UK has a serious housing crisis. Mass immigration is the main reason for the additional demand. If it continues at current levels, we will need to build 135,000 new homes a year just to house new migrants and their families. This is 370 per day or one home every four minutes.
8. Population growth on this scale renders integration of newcomers virtually impossible.
9. Three quarters of the public want to see immigration reduced and half of them want it cut by a lot.
10. To stop the rapid rise in the UK’s population size, net migration would have to be reduced to well below 100,000 a year. It is currently at over 300,000.
Source: Migration Watch UK.