From Paul Borg, Newham Contact.
The Census of 2011 has shown that the population of Newham, East London has increased by 249,000 in the ten years since the previous Census of 2001 taking the total of people living there to over 308,000, with a population density of 8,508 residents per square kilometre.
The increase is more than a quarter and immigration is in no small way responsible for the rise with only the neighbouring borough of Tower Hamlets being higher and equalled only by Hackney in East London and Manchester.
The noticeable changes in the demographics of the area is in the large influx of Africans and East Europeans that have amassed in the area with a very small percentage of people who remain living there being from the indigenous population.
The number of homes occupied by three people or more is 101,500 and the number of young people under the age of 19 has risen by more than 7,000 to 86,200.
This would, therefore, mean that there is more pressure on services such as schools and hospitals.
Islam has had a vast impact Newham with more than 64 Mosques in operation.
The dispersal programme, where councils are unable to meet housing benefit for large families has seen a rise in the immigrant population in many other areas such as Basildon in Essex where BNP activists have spoken recently to people concerned about the effect this is having on their town.
You would think that the Labour-run Newham council would be alarmed with the overcrowding, yet their only concern was, typically, that they needed more funding. Each person is worth about £600 in grants.
Of course, this is not a problem that only Newham is suffering, it is widespread and the situation is getting worse and will continue to do so. Now, more than ever, Britain must stop immigration.
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