Britain may be home to three-quarters of a million illegal immigrantsMarch 10th, 2009 - 6:26 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 10 (ANI): A new survey by the London School of Economics claims that Britain is home to three-quarters of a million illegal immigrants.
The Government has refused to estimate the number of illegals it has allowed into the UK since 2005.
However, according the Home Ministry, the number of illegal residents is 430,000.
At the rate that illegal migrants are currently being deported, it would take 34 years and almost 9 billion pounds to clear the backlog of those currently in the UK, the Daily Express reported.
Describing them as “irregular immigrants”, the study says that their dependants reached 725,000 in 2007.
Two-thirds of them are believed to be living in London.
London’’s Tory Mayor Boris Johnson said on Monday night that there had been a catastrophic failure of the Government to control UK borders.
Johnson dismissed his party’’s immigration policy and called for an amnesty amid “a need for realism” that would allow hundreds of thousands of those already in the country to stay on legally.
“What I am trying to get people to recognise is that there are limits to what the policy to expulsions is able to achieve at the moment,” Johnson said.
“If people are going to be here and we”ve chronically failed to kick them out, it’’s morally right that they should contribute in their taxes to the rest of society, as a regularisation of their status would allow.” he added. (ANI)
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