Almost One in Eight People Living in UK Are Born Abroad

Tom Whitehead, Telegraph (London), April 20, 2011

The proportion of the population born overseas almost doubled in two decades to more than 11 per cent, according to data seen by The Daily Telegraph.

It meant that just under seven million people living in Britain were immigrants–enough to fill a city the size of London.

The rise was largely down to Labour’s “open door” immigration policy, under which three million foreigners were added to the population during the party’s 13 years in power.

The figures, which were compiled by the Office for National Statistics, were disclosed amid a renewed debate on immigration.

David Cameron warned yesterday that uncontrolled immigration had undermined some British communities and led to “discomfort and disjointedness” in neighbourhoods.

He said he wanted to reduce it from its current level of more than 200,000 a year to the “tens of thousands” before the next election.

His comments led to a split in the Coalition, with Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, saying they were “very unwise” and risked inflaming racial tensions.

National statisticians estimated that, on current patterns, the population would pass the 70 million mark in less than two decades and two-thirds of that rise would be driven by immigration.

The population stood at 61.14 million as of last June, the most recent estimate. Of that, 6.97 million were people who were born overseas–11.4 per cent, the highest proportion on record. About a third of those had been given British citizenship since arriving.

The proportion had been rising steadily year on year and was almost double the 6.7 per cent recorded in 1991 when the foreign-born population stood at 3.85 million.

Some 762,000 of those now in Britain came from those eastern European nations admitted to the European Union in 2004, which gave them access to the jobs market. The majority, 4.7 million, were people born outside Europe.

Britain now had a higher proportion of foreign-born residents than European neighbours such as France and Italy.

One in four babies was now born to a foreign mother, another record. In 1998, less than 14 per cent of babies were to a mother who had been born overseas.

Nicholas Soames, the Tory co-chairman of the Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration, said Labour’s “spineless and futile” attempts to control immigration had left a “grave situation”.

“This is the whole point of the problem and why it has got to be dealt with,” he said. “Immigration under the last government became completely out of control and it led, down the years, to what the Prime Minister has referred to as an imbalance.”

In 2009, Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, claimed that the sharp increase in migrants over the previous 10 years was partly due to a politically motivated attempt to boost multi-culturalism.

He said Labour’s relaxation of controls in 2000-01 was a deliberate plan to “open up the UK to mass migration” but ministers were reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its “core working-class vote”.

Cabinet ministers at the time denied any suggestions of “secret plots”.

The Labour government claimed that immigrants brought economic benefits and had the net effect of boosting gross domestic product by £6 billion a year.

However, in 2008, an inquiry by the Lords’ economic affairs committee, which included two former chancellors and a Labour economist, said such a measure was meaningless because it gave no indication of the benefit to each member of the population.

Evidence by Home Office officials to the inquiry estimated that the annual benefit of migration to the native population, which was known as gross domestic product per capita, was £30 a year or 58p a week in 2006.

David Coleman, an Oxford University academic, estimated in 2007 that immigrants cost the taxpayer £8.8 billion a year, when social costs such as pressure on public services, running the asylum system and teaching English were accounted for.

Nigel Farage the Ukip leader, said free movement within the EU would hamper any Coalition attempts to cut immigration. “It is clear that we cannot have our own immigration policy while we remain in the European Union,” he said.

Damian Green, the immigration minister, said: “As the Prime Minister made clear today, the last 10 years have seen record levels of immigration, and the British public quite rightly want to see these levels drastically reduced.

“That is why the Government is committed to reforming the immigration system, bringing net migration back down to the tens of thousands and clamping down on any abuses.

“We have introduced a new limit on economic migrants from outside the EU, major changes to the student route, and will soon unveil our proposals to reform both the family and settlement routes to the UK.”

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “These numbers illustrate the huge impact on all aspects of our society as a result of the mass immigration that took place under Labour. The churn is enormous, with real and serious consequences for the cohesion of our society.”

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  • Anonymous

    Emigration is just as big of a problem for Britain as immigration.

    http://tinyurl.com/485ofw

    The problem isn’t just allowing non-whites to come to Britain. It’s active, open, extreme, anti-white racism, discrimination and regularly unprosecuted hate crimes against whites.

    Britain is a country that in many places, has slipped into third world status. With a two tiered justice system that denies whites justice and a tax system that takes almost all income whites make and hands it over directly to non-whites.

    Welfare housing is given to non-whites while whites are excluded. Even to the point of wealthy whites being divested of their wealth, kicked out of their mansions and non-white criminals moved right in, paid for by the government.

    MILLIONS of white brits have seen this, know it for what it is and have basically fled the country. How many? Looking at that article, it seems almost as many as have fled South Africa….and for similar reasons….perhaps at the same level.

    I suspect that any country that became a white homeland….with specifically pro-white laws and non-whites ethnically cleansed from the country, would draw tens of millions of whites from all over the world, fleeing similar conditions.

  • Anonymous

    Africans and Orientals born in the UK are now lumped in as simply British.

  • Brendan

    MILLIONS of white brits have seen this, know it for what it is and have basically fled the country. How many? Looking at that article, it seems almost as many as have fled South Africa….and for similar reasons….perhaps at the same level.

    Most here know already about Brits moving to Australia, N.Z., Canada, Spain, and the USA, but shockingly enough, Wikipedia claims that Brits are moving TO South Africa in large numbers. If Britain is so bad that white Brits would rather live in South Africa than Britain, that must be pretty bad!

  • Kenelm Digby

    Of course, if you include second, third generations etc, and mixed-race persons, you’ll get a better idea of the reality of life in the UK.

  • Anonymous

    And the worst crime of all is that the egalitarians _know_ we hate this. Just as they _know_ we are necessary to keep it all going.

    And they have no empirical or strategic proof as to why it should, beyond a ‘love of foreign foods’ as an arbitrary elevation of racial equality for it’s own sake.

    Say it’s all true. Say that every race can be as good as whites.

    So what?

    Why destroy what we have now to prove it? The only thing egalitarianism (the advocacy that all are equal and equally deserving) proves is that _equality is not that high a virtue_ in a system of limited resources and divergent breeding strategies.

    The poor will go to the better weather, economy, social benefits and safety. That’s not in and of itself proof of merit. Only of instinctive migratory impulse. _Geese_ do the same thing.

    They would have to stop us, physically, by force, from creating a separatist white society because ‘they may love their curry’ but they can’t pay for it without white slavery.

  • Anonymous

    How can the Brits stand by and watch the politicians continue to implement policies that are leading to the absolute destruction of a once great nation.

    Powell foretold of this future.

    It is past the point of return without all out civil war.

  • kaffirfilth

    When the duplicitous British pols talk about “immigration” they actually mean “net immigration”, so that 500,000 mainly third-world newcomers driving out 250,000 Britons is called “immigration of only 250,000”.

    Similarly, “cuts” in the government budget actually means only a reduction in the rate of increase of same.

  • Anonymous

    Those numbers are only estimates,you dont for one minute think the goverment would tell the truth about how bad they have let it get now would you,why is it only white countries that have to be multicultural and every other non white country is allowed to be unique and unchanged,why is it when diffrent races come to white lands they segregate themselves by having a black this assosation or asian this assosation and when a white wants something of his own its racist,i ask myself what so good about them and whats so bad about me

  • AngryMan9000

    The only way we are going to survive as a race is to create a white nationalist state. I think at least one in Europe and one in north america. We should then have an expansionist policy of at least 3 children per couple and we will always be growing and expanding.