The number of foreign born citizens living in the United Kingdom is set to soar to over 8 million people for the first time, says a prediction by the Migration Observatory at Oxford University.
The claim comes just 36 hours before the Official for National Statistics is set to release the new immigration figures for Britain for the second quarter of 2015, raising concerns that once again the Conservative government will come nowhere near to controlling the number of people moving to Britain – a far cry from their promise of reducing net migration into the “tens of thousands”.
The government made the promise in 2010, yet migration was three times that – over 300,000 – by the 2015 general election.
In 2013, the number of foreigners living in the United Kingdom was 7.9 million, or around 12 per cent of the 64 million people that live in Britain.
Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory said: “Given that we know net migration has been running in the hundreds of thousands since 2013, it would be surprising if the foreign-born population didn’t go above eight million.
“The numbers have gone up steadily over time.”
According to SunNation, Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, said: “This very rapid increase in our population is the direct consequence of Labour’s mass immigration which the coalition were unable to bring under control.
“The Government must now get a grip of the student route which is the major avenue for non-EU migration.
“They must also renegotiate access to Britain by EU migrants, particularly those coming for low wage employment.
“What is certain is that far more resources are needed to get immigration back under control.”
Despite the promises by the British government, the net migration figures into the United Kingdom continue to rise, to the delight of low wage job fetishists and the liberal left of British politics.
Voters in the United Kingdom place immigration as their key concern, according to recent polling, and this summer’s European migrant crisis has been met with shrugs from the Westminster bubble, with UK Home Secretary Theresa May waiting until mid-August to travel to France meet with her counterpart there to discuss the issue.