Almost half of all new houses built in the UK over the next five years will go to migrants, meaning an extra home will need to be constructed every five minutes.
The extra 5.3 million new properties are needed as the UK’s population continues to boom. Up to 2.4 million houses will go to migrants, the Department for Communities and Local Government claimed.
Over the next 22 years, therefore, Britain will need to house up to 243,000 new households every year, according to the statistics. Net migration accounts for an estimated 45 per cent of this growth.
The figures were presented to the House of Lords in response to a question put by Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch, which campaigns for lower levels of migration.
Lord Green told the Upper House: “To put the point slightly more dramatically, that would mean building a new home every five minutes night and day, for new arrivals until such a time as we can get those numbers down.
“I know there is a strong view in the House that there is a lot to be said for migration. All I am pointing out is that there are also costs.”
The estimates are based on official population projections made in 2014. They do not take account of the vote to leave the European Union (EU), which could see an end to European free movement and a reduction in net migration.
However, Migration Watch also points out that the projections are lower than actual net migration numbers, and any new immigration controls are likely to be phased in after Brexit. Migration numbers could take years to fall, therefore.
The thinktank also claims on their website, that “Official Labour Force Survey data shows that over the last ten years 90 per cent of the additional households created in England were headed by a person born outside the UK.”
In London, it is claimed, “in the last ten years, all of the additional households have been headed up by someone born overseas”.