The UK is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for immigrants, new figures from the European Union reveal. Our country is now home to 7.24 million foreign-born citizens, accounting for 11.6 percent of the total population.
By Adam Walker- Of those, 2.33 million are from other EU countries, and 4.9 million are from outside the EU. Only the geographically larger nations of France and Germany have higher numbers, with 7.28 million and 9.8 million respectively.
And critics say the real figures may be much higher than the count produced by the EU’s statistical arm Eurostat. Its analysis is based on research by Britain’s Office for National Statistics, which is notoriously unreliable because there is no guaranteed way of assessing the numbers of EU citizens living here.
Britain’s level of ‘net migration’ – the difference between immigration and emigration –is currently 250,000 a year.
The Tories have said they will cut that to below 100,000, but, after two years in office, they have actually slightly increased the totals of both net and gross immigration.
Net immigration is running high because nearly 600,000 people a year continue to come to live in Britain, but emigration has dropped sharply since the recession began.
And rather than sticking to their promises, the Coalition has instead decided it would simply be easier to manipulate immigration figures by ‘removing’ foreign students from the equation.
That would mean a ‘reduction’ of 250,000 immigrants a year from the statistics, even though at least a quarter of such ‘students’ are bogus, and many genuine students stay on in Britain after their studies, whether their visa applications are accepted or not.
Unsurprisingly, the highest numbers of bogus entrants come from the Indian sub-continent, Burma, the Philippines and Nigeria.
A British National Party government would solve our immigration crisis by removing the United Kingdom from the EU and sealing our borders to immigrants from both Europe and the rest of the world. It really is that simple; you just have to elect a party that means what it says.