One in eight people in UK foreign born

April 15th, 2011 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI  

David Cameron London, Apr 15 (ANI): The Office for National Statistics in its latest report has said that almost one in eight people living in the UK is foreign born.

The proportion of the population born overseas almost doubled in two decades to over 11 percent, which indicate that almost seven million people living in the country are immigrants, The Telegraph reports.

The rise was largely down to Labour’s “open door” immigration policy, under which three million foreigners were added to the population during the party’s 13 years in power, the paper said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron had warned on Thursday that uncontrolled immigration had undermined some communities in the country and led to “discomfort and disjointedness” in neighbourhoods.

He also said that the immigration should be reduced from its current level of over 200,000 a year to the “tens of thousands” before the next election.

Immigration Minister Damian Green backed Cameron saying that Britons want levels to be reduced.

“As the Prime Minister made clear today, the last 10 years have seen record levels of immigration, and the British public quite rightly want to see these levels drastically reduced, Green said.

“That is why the Government is committed to reforming the immigration system, bringing net migration back down to the tens of thousands and clamping down on any abuses,” he added.

Cameron’s comments, however, were not appreciated by many like Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, Vince Cable, who said that they were “very unwise” and risked inflaming racial tensions. (ANI)

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