UK migrant population set to cross 200,000 mark every yearNovember 18th, 2008 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov.18 (ANI): The migrant population in Britain is set to cross the 200,000 mark every year, reports The Telegraph.
According to the paper, the Home Office moves to stem the influx are coming to naught.
It will be the first rise in net migration since 2004 and another setback for the new immigration minister Phil Woolas, who faced ridicule after apparently calling for a cap and then appearing to row back.
It also piles extra pressure on Woolas who has pledged to not allow the UK population to exceed 70 million - some nine million above its current level.
The rise is likely to be due to migrants from outside the EU as separate figures are expected to show a continuing downward trend in numbers arriving from Eastern Europe.
Shadow Home Secretary, Dominic Grieve, said: “These estimated figures betray a Labour Government that is not in control of immigration policy. Immigration can be of real benefit to the country but only if it is properly controlled.
The Office for National Statistics will publish the population statistics for 2007 on Wednesday when it is likely to indicate a rise in net migration.
Figures in August showed that in the 12 months up to mid 2007 there was a net migration in to the country of 198,000 and that was an increase of 9,000 on the previous 12 months.
If a similar pattern continued for the rest of 2007 then the net figures for the calendar year will have increased from 191,000 for 2006 to 200,000 last year.
That would also mean migration has now added some 1.8 million to the population since Labour came to power.
A rise again will leave serious questions over the Government’’s policies to reduce the numbers. (ANI)
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