300,000! That Was the Overall Number of Migrants Last Year

Steve Doughty, Daily Mail, February 26, 2015

David Cameron’s promise to curb immigration was shattered yesterday by figures revealing it has hit the highest level on record.

Annual net migration–the measure of how many people have come into Britain minus those who have left–has reached nearly 300,000.

When he took power in 2010 Mr Cameron pledged to bring this politically sensitive figure below 100,000. A total of 624,000 people migrated to Britain in the 12 months up to last September while 327,000 left. The inflow is up 94,000 on the year before.

The fact that most of the extra migrants–190,000 of the net inflow of 298,000–came from countries outside the EU provides further embarrassment for the Prime Minister.

Unlike EU citizens, these people have no automatic right to work here and the Government had pledged to slash their numbers.

There were increasing numbers of arrivals from the Indian sub-continent and a rise in ‘chain migration’ where existing migrants bring in their relatives.

Opposition politicians said Mr Cameron’s immigration policy was ‘in tatters’ and pro-immigration pressure groups said he should instead focus on improving the lives of new arrivals.

Labour MP Frank Field said last night: ‘Every set of immigration data reinforces the need to control our borders.

‘How can one expect a country to maintain its common identity and memories when in one year the population change alone was almost one million people–327,000 leaving and 624,000 arriving.

‘That’s over a one-seventieth change in the entire population.

‘At this rate in the next parliament it’ll be the equivalent to the whole of inner London’s population being changed.’

Downing Street described the figures as a ‘disappointment’ but also a reflection of a strong economy.

The highest numbers previously recorded were 600,000 in September 2010. When Mr Cameron entered Downing Street in May 2010 net migration was running at 244,000.

Yesterday’s 298,000 figure has been surpassed only once, in 2005.

While eastern European immigration remains steady, the majority of EU migrants now come from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and France, which all have moribund economies and high youth unemployment.

The figures also show that nearly 200,000 Romanians and Bulgarians applied for national insurance numbers to work in the UK in 2014.Yet only 37,000 were registered as arriving in the 12 months to September of that year–suggesting that tens of thousands were here before the lifting of labour restrictions that January.

Phoebe Griffith, of the Labour-leaning IPPR think tank, said: ‘In light of these numbers, the Government urgently needs to broaden its focus to the experiences and impact of migrants once they arrive.

‘They need to do more to address the pressures of immigration, including on local authorities, schools, GPs and social cohesion.’

But Lord Green of Migration Watch UK, a campaign group which has a record of accurate projections of immigration, said: ‘These figures will be extremely disappointing for the public. The additional pressure on housing and public services is clearly unmanageable. This outcome is a wake-up call to redouble efforts to tackle mass immigration.’

He added: ‘If political leaders are content with net migration of 300,000, they should say so. Otherwise they should pledge to continue with a target and set out policies to achieve it.

‘A problem as serious as this requires serious money.

‘We call on all political parties to double the resources available for immigration control, which now account for only 0.25 per cent of Government expenditure.’

In an interview with Woman & Home magazine, Mr Cameron defended his policy and blamed the booming British economy for attracting workers from around the world.

‘Outside the EU, immigration has come down, thanks to the action we have taken since 2010, for example, closing down 700 bogus colleges.

‘But inside the EU, migration has gone up, partly because Britain’s economy has been strong and we’ve been creating 1,000 new jobs a day, which is why I have put forward tough welfare policies that I will secure as part of our renegotiation with the EU.

‘There are four parts to it–firstly, if someone comes to the UK from the EU to look for work, they do not get unemployment benefit.

‘Secondly, if they have not found work after six months, they will be forced to return home. Thirdly, if they do find work here they will not be able to claim in-work benefits like tax credits or social housing for four years. And fourthly they will no longer be able to send home child benefit to their country of origin.’

Mr Cameron had hoped to use his immigration speech last year to announce a cap on the numbers of people who can come to Britain from elsewhere in the EU.

But the idea was jettisoned by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who insisted there could be no question of altering freedom of movement rules.

Phoebe Griffith, from the IPPR think tank, said: ‘These figures confirm that the net migration target has failed. In light of these numbers, the government urgently needs to broaden its focus to the experiences and impact of migrants once they arrive in Britain.

‘They need to do more to address the pressures of immigration, including on local authorities, schools, GPs and social cohesion.’

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  • DJRicin

    Should certainly be more (quite timely) fodder for UKIP. Keep the pressure on.

    • Holden

      Play Cameron off, keyboard cat!

      • DJRicin

        The magic of keyboard cat is the comedic timing. The slight turn to the camera before he starts to play, the dramatic pause before he actually hits the keys. Absolutely brilliant.

        I will play Cameron the song of my feline people.

  • But think about all the diversity, and all the restaurants.

  • superlloyd

    Cameron doesn’t give a damn. 190,000 from the third world cesspools. That’s not counting all the illegal dross that isn’t even reported in this article. Dark Ages indeed.

    • Guest

      They are all bought and paid for by the Saudis!!

    • TruthBeTold

      Cameron is blatantly lying to keep this scam going. The question is why?

  • David Ashton

    Field – “common identity and memories”. He has made this crucial observation before in different words. He is a rare good apple in the rotten parliamentary basket.

  • MekongDelta69

    Headline reads:
    “300,000! That Was the Overall Number of Migrants Last Year”

    Headline should read:
    “300,000! That Was the Overall Number of Migrants Non-White Illegal Aliens Last Year”

  • B.A_2014

    Britain is an island so it should be more than easy keeping the third world hordes out. Mass immigration carries on just as it did under Labour because the government wants it to continue.

    • John Smith

      That was my first thought – how hard is it to control immigration on an island?

      • USofAntiWhite

        They are not allowed to control immigration. The EU does. The EU of Anti-White.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Here is Cameron’s legacy:

    March 2015:

    Boy, 15, Stabbed To Death While Cycling

    Teenager Alan Cartwright died after he was attacked while riding his bike with a group of friends in Islington, north London.


    A report published earlier this month found at least 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham from 1997 to 2013. — at the hands of Pakistani Muslims.

    Daily Mail:

    Adebolajo and Adebowale lay in wait near the barracks and picked Fusilier Rigby to kill after assuming he was a soldier because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top and carrying a camouflage rucksack

    Lee Rigby’s heartbroken fiancée and estranged wife both sobbed with relief today after one of his Muslim extremist killers had an appeal against his murder conviction thrown out in just 45 seconds.

  • Jaggers

    I remember Cameron’s campaign promises to cut immigration to tens of thousands. So he just missed that by a couple hundred thousand. Two words: Nigel Farage.

    • Sick of it

      I’d be shocked if Nigel didn’t betray the people who voted him in if he gets voted in.

      • Jaggers

        I hear ya, but I just can’t get that cynical about the European right parties. I’m a happy go lucky race-realist.

  • dd121

    Are a few people surprised that their leftist leaders lied to them on immigration?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    ‘This Isn’t the Britain We Fought For,’ Say Britons of World War II

    … Nearly 400,000 Britons died [in World War II]. Millions more were scarred by the experience, physically and mentally…..They despise what has become of the Britain they once fought to save. It’s not our country any more, they say, in sorrow and anger …..

    But was it worth it?

    The answer is a resounding NO.

    http //www dailymail co uk/news/article-1229643/This-isnt-Britain-fought-say-unknown-warriors-WWII html

    They were told they’d “all be speaking German” – Hitler said if the Germans lost the war, it would be the end of Europe. He was right.

    instead of speaking German, the British will be speaking Arabic- or wiped out.

    Same for the US, only the language will be Spanish or Chinese.

    I do not blame or judge the motives of the brave soldiers who “fought” against Nazi Germany – they were lied to and mislead as their leaders supported, armed and fed the Bolsheviks in the USSR.

    The important lesson of WW II: No more brothers’ wars.

  • LHathaway

    “624,000 people migrated to Britain in the 12 month period”

    That’s almost a million people (in a nation of 50 million, England) in one year.

    • How many more through the uterus? They forgot to add the births to foreigners.

  • LHathaway

    They’ll finally close the border, around the time all that does is lock us in with them.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    There were increasing numbers of arrivals from the Indian sub-continent and a rise in ‘chain migration’ where existing migrants bring in their relatives.

    Why do they (and America) allow chain migration? Why does any sane nation? I can understand letting people bring their spouses and minor children, but that should be all that is allowed. There’s no reason to let them bring their parents, adult children, aunts and uncles, cousins, etc. It just creates a never-ending flow of the original migrant’s extended (and eventually very extended) family.

    • Sick of it

      We did not allow it in the past. We did not allow significant third world immigration in the past either. Before that, such creatures were not allowed in our nation at all.

    • Holden

      There is a reason, if your aim is to destroy the historic nation. This is not mere madness. Peter Hitchens once explained, “It wasn’t because we liked immigrants, but because we didn’t like Britain. We saw immigrants – from anywhere – as allies against the staid, settled, conservative society that our country still was at the end of the Sixties.”

    • There are sham marriages, sham children. True arranged marriages for immigration purposes, often paid for by the benefitted party. One sham marriage to a person with 4 real and 4 sham children gets in 9 people, 8 future spouses to those children. Plus another 3 children and 32 grand children.

      One should consider stopping all inflow, except productive spouses to highly productive immigrants. They can always return home if they want to see their spouses.

      Being humane, being altruistic, is Europe’s downfall.

  • WR_the_realist

    Trusting the Conservatives on immigration is like trusting the Republicans on immigration. At least in the UK there are parties that really will cut immigration, so it’s the Brits own fault if they don’t vote for them.

  • Musashi5000

    Let’s see how many hostile parasites we can cram into England.

    There is no problem that can’t be solved by adding more imported roaches to the mix.

  • James Hamilton

    Net immigration statistics are a sham. 600,000 third worlders in and 300,000 white Brits out is worse than 600,000 third worlders in and 0 white Brits out.

  • KenelmDigby

    The choice before the British electorate is pretty stark.
    None of the establishment, legacy parties, that is Labour, Conservatives or Liberals will do a damned thing to control or curtail mass immigration, no matter what lies and plaudits they tell the electorate before the election. For whatever reason, none of the legacy parties seriously WANT to curtail immigration. It really is as simple as that.
    As these disgusting figures show, the Conservative party is as just as evil as Labour regarding permitting massive, uncontrolled immigration into Britain.

    I don’t care what anyone says, but it is more or less CERTAIN that Britain will be a majority non White nation by 2050, a mere 35 years away in the future. As long as the legacy parties are elected by the British voters, then it is certain that the trend towards a non White Britain will not just continue, but accelerate.
    If you are British and can vote in May’s upcoming General Election, then I urge, plead and beg you, must humbly, to vote UKIP. May’s election is a real climactic, it is the very last chance to possibly save Britain, by next election it will be too late.
    If you don’t vote UKIP you will deserve the curses of your grandchildren.

  • Light from the East

    In my childhood, London represented a typical English culture. Now, London becomes a hodgepodge, not an English city anymore.

  • Daily Mail: “300,000! That was the overall number of migrants last year”

    – WRONG. 624,000 people arrived as immigrants, many British people left. It is not just the numbers “net” – it is the population change as a whole and for future generations to come.

    Phoebe Griffith, of the Labour-leaning IPPR think tank, said: ‘In light of these numbers, the Government urgently needs to broaden its focus to the experiences and impact of migrants once they arrive. They need to do more to address the pressures of immigration, including on local authorities, schools, GPs and social cohesion.’

    – WRONG. You don’t allow your house to rot before you treat it – you try and prevent the rot in the first place.

    Nothing will change.

    • Right. Anyone has the exact numbers by country and race? Who leaves? Anyone returning to Africa or Pakistan? How many Europeans going back home? how many Brits leaving?

      Any tables separating arrivals and departures by race and nationality?

      Maybe it is the Jihadist leaving, and coming back after military training? /end sarcasm

      What about new arrivals through the uterus, BIRTHS this year?

  • The Dude

    Why does the PM keep talking about EU migrants when most of the inflows are coming from outside Europe?

    • superlloyd

      Exactly. EU migrants can be tolerated and integrate. The barbarous dregs from Africa and Islamic countries can’t. Cameron believes he can pull the wool over people’s eyes by ignoring the real problem.

  • Manxman

    When Enoch Powell made his prophetic speech, ‘Rivers of Blood’ in 1968 he was warning of the dangers of having fifty thousand immigrants a year coming to Britain. Almost 50 years later we have over 600 thousand every year. This is either suicide or genocide depending on what you believe.

  • Singingbird1

    The British have only themselves to blame for the state of their Country.The British kept on voting for Lib/Lab/Con for years and years.It is only now,at the 11th hour when Faustus is on the precipice to eternal damnation,that the British public are thinking about voting for U.K.I.P. But I won’t hold my breath.

    When there was a mention of the Bee En pee to work colleagues or other acquaintances,there came a sense of something sinister.I repeat,the British public have only themselves to blame.