27th March 2015
I was always brought up to believe that, as far as is reasonably possible, you should always go by the facts. So, what do the facts tell us about immigration?
Well, the final set of quarterly figures before the election shows the largest net intake since the Coalition was formed in 2010. This is well above the level David Cameron inherited and massively over the numbers he promised.
Today's figures update the estimates in November. It’s worth noting that:
- 624,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending September 2014, a statistically significant increase from 530,000 in the previous 12 months
- Taking off the number of people leaving the country, the net long-term migration to the UK was estimated to be 298,000 in the year ending September 2014
For most ordinary people, these figures are hard to take in. The total figure of new arrivals in the UK amounts to the size of a medium size English city such as Nottingham.
To give you some idea of the impact of such large numbers, Nottingham has 15 secondary, 80 primary and 5 special schools, as well as two universities. In addition, it has the fourth largest acute teaching hospital trust in England as well as the largest publicly owned ‘bus network in the country.
Such is the infrastructure needed to provide for the number of people coming to live in this country EVERY YEAR. So the questions for our politicians are:
- Where are we going to put all these people?
- How are we going to find them jobs?
- How are we going to afford to be able to build the necessary infrastructure, like houses, roads, transport, schools, and hospitals?
- Is there no limit to the number that these small islands can absorb?
The ONS also calculates that, on current trends, we will have 10 million
more people over the next 10 years.
So, the following facts are worth thinking about:
This issue is nothing to do with race, or ethnicity, or nationality and everything to do with population density and its effects on the environment.
- England is already the most overcrowded of the major nations in Europe (only the small island of Malta is more overcrowded) (Source: House of Commons Library)
- On current trends our population will rise by 10million more people over the next 10 years (Source: Office of National Statistics)
- This will have irreparably damaging effects on our environment in terms of house building, green space, water supply, infrastructure, school places, health provision and power supplies
- We are running out of habitable land: only 12% of the UK is urbanised but 65% is used for agriculture, 13% is forestry, 3% is marine coastal, rivers, lakes, broads and marshland, while the remaining 7% consists of areas such as mountains, hills, fells, uplands, leisure areas and estates. (Source: Land Use in the UK, Office for National Statistics).
- In 2011, 32% of new dwellings were built on previously undeveloped land and England’s greenbelt has been greatly reduced by development over the last 30 years.
- Our greenbelt has fallen by 32,000 hectares in the last 7 years alone and, including woodland and leisure areas, is now down to 13% of England’s total land area. (Source: as above)
The only reasonable and sensible approach to this is controlled immigration, an approach supported by the majority of people in this country.
But none of the major parties can or will deliver this because they are locked into the principle of the free movement of peoples, one of the five founding principles of the EU.
The only party that will limit immigration to sensible levels, through a points-based system like Australia, Canada, and the United States, is UKIP.So, if you are concerned about keeping our immigration under control with sensible limits that the country can cope with, vote for UKIP - the only party with the policy, and the will, to do this.