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Immigrants Will Be 1/2 UK’s Population Rise

From those defenders of the faith at BBC NEWS:

UK population ‘to hit 65m total’

Almost half the increase is projected to come from immigration

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates 2.3 million of the rise would be a natural increase and 2.1 million down to migration.

Further projections say the population would reach 71 million by 2031 and 77 million in 2051…

Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said the projections showed it was necessary to “take action” on inward migration.

He said: “Frankly, it underlines the need for swift and sweeping changes to the immigration system in the next 12 months, which will include the introduction of an Australian-style points based system, so only those that Britain needs can come to work and study.” …

Conservative spokesman Damian Green said it was “ever more urgent” for the government to control immigration.

He called for a “gradual and sensible growth of population rather than this headlong growth in population which is bound to put extra strain on public services such as provision of housing and education”.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of pressure group Migrationwatch, said “Population growing at this speed is just incredible – twice the population of London by the mid-century.

“Huge impact on our infrastructure, on our public services, and indeed on the whole nature of our society, and all of it taking place without the public ever being consulted.”

A spokeswoman for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants said: “We need figures, not just the growth of population but where it is growing and how, and the impact on services and the economy.

“Just calling for a cap on immigration will not respond adequately to complex changes in the existing population such as the growth of single-person households and the migration of the existing population within the UK.”

Jonathon Porritt, patron of the Optimum Population Trust think-tank, called for an “intelligent debate” on growing numbers of people in the UK.

He said: “If it quickly defaults into pro or anti-immigration – which is an extremely unhelpful place for the debate to go – it means we constantly avoid the discussion about human numbers.

“We miss the subtle debate about the impact of population on an already congested island.” …

Yes, what is needed now is “subtle debate.”

Notice how there isn’t even any mention of illegal immigrants. What will the increase be if they are factored in?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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