EXPERTS yesterday warned that a huge new influx of immigrants will put stretched local services under greater strain, according to The Sun. The alert came as new figures showed annual net migration to the UK had hit a record 336,000. The vast majority of immigrants were flocking here to find work, according to the Office for National Statistics.
On the UK’s renegotiation talks with the EU, he stressed: “We must achieve a tangible outcome to reassure the British public the pressures caused by unexpected levels of migration have been addressed and our welfare system is fair. “That is non-negotiable if we want to get agreement that Britain’s future is in the European Union when we put this question to the British people.”
In all, 636,000 immigrants came here in the year to June, driven by a rise in Bulgarians and Romanians, as 300,000 left. Net migration from the two nations surged 70 per cent to 46,000 after restrictions were lifted in January 2014. Romania entered the top five of immigrant nations for the first time last year. The figures were a blow to PM David Cameron who has promised to cut net immigration to the “tens of thousands”.
Alp Mehmet, vice-chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: “If these numbers continue the pressure on our infrastructure will intensify.” Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “These record high figures represent a continuation of the Government’s complete failure to control immigration.” Latest figures put the number of workers from the EU in the UK at two million, with 1.2million from outside the EU and 28.1million Brits in jobs.
They also show there were 29,024 asylum applications in the year to September — including 2,402 from Syria. The PM wants to block EU nationals claiming benefits for four years as part of his renegotiation strategy. He visited Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann yesterday to gain backing for reforms and urged EU nations to show “flexibility” in helping to tackle immigration.
Dutch PM Mark Rutte warned the EU will fall if it does not stop the influx of refugees. He told the Financial Times: “As we all know from the Roman Empire, big empires go down if the borders are not well protected.”
Where they came from
1) India 45,000
2) China 39,000
3) Romania 34,000
4) Poland 32,000
5) Spain 31,000
6) Australia 31,000
7) France 30,000
8) USA 27,000
9) Italy 16,000
10) Germany 16,000
11) Portugal 15,000
12) Lithuania 14,000
13) Canada 14,000
14) Pakistan 12,000
15) Brazil: 11,000
A huge strain on our vital services
How immigration could impact schools, housing, health and crime.
THINK tank Migration Watch says immigration is contributing to a school places crisis – particularly in London. There are 646,000 pupils in the capital’s primary schools, but that is set to soar to 768,000 by 2017 – a rise of 122,000.
Other areas of high demand include Birmingham, where it is predicted an extra 15,000 places will be needed by 2017/18. In Manchester, 12,000 more places will be needed and in Kent the predicted increase will be 10,000 places to 121,000.
MIGRATION Watch says the housing crisis is being worsened by the huge influx of immigrants. The capital’s population stands at more than 8.5million and the think tank projects it to grow to more than ten million by 2030, adding: “This growth is down to immigration.”
It says London waiting lists for social housing have more than doubled since 2000, while nearly half of the city’s social housing has a head of household who was born abroad.
HOSPITALS in immigration hotspots are hiring eastern European nurses because UK doctors cannot understand patients from Poland and Latvia, according to Migration Watch.
It says such recruitment is under way in Boston, Lincs, where one in ten of the population is from new EU member states. Cambridge and Norfolk hospitals are also considering hiring from overseas. Chiefs hoped it would cut the NHS’s £23million total annual bill for translators.
THE number of foreign prisoners in our jails has soared from 7,716 in 2002 to 10,834 last year, says the think tank. Official figures show Poles make up the largest number of foreign lags, with 867 behind bars – up from just 45 in 2002.
The number of Romanians in jail has also rocketed from 49 in 2002 to 614 last year. They now make up the fourth largest prison migrant group behind Poles, the Irish and Jamaicans – whose numbers have plummeted over the past decade.