Britain’s foreign-born population has jumped by almost 400,000 since the census

Britain’s foreign-born population has risen by around 370,000 since last year’s census, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed on Thursday.

Following record waves of foreigners entering the country – both legally and illegally – the non-British born population of England and Wales has already fallen from the 10,018,000 figure recorded in the census of 2021 at around 10,388,000. The ONS said the foreign population is made up of 3,545,000 EU-born migrants born and 6,854,000 born outside the bloc.

The updated figure came as government statisticians revealed that net migration – the number of arrivals minus those who left the country – hit a record high in the year to June, reaching 504,000 .

Although the country has been ruled for more than a decade by the Conservative Party, which promised to reduce net migration in elections in 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2019, the annual influx has nearly doubled from peaks seen under the Tony Blair administration at the start. 2000s.

The Tories’ open borders program has seen the foreign-born population rise from around 7.5 million in 2011 to 10,388,000 today, an increase of nearly three million in just a decade .

To put this into perspective, the population of all of Scotland, including migrants, is estimated at just 5.47 million, while for the even smaller Home Nations of Wales and Northern Ireland, the estimates are below 3.2 million and below 2 million, respectively.

Although the massive uptick in net migration has been seen under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration – largely due to his points-based immigration system – the numbers are likely to continue to hurt Rishi Sunak, who has served as Johnson’s finance minister for most of his term and essentially continues Johnson’s policy of deliberately increasing legal mass migration.

To appease members of his own party who do not support the scheme, Sunak would seek to reduce the number of student visas granted per year, a proposal favored by Home Secretary and hard-line immigration MP Suella. braveman.

“I think we have too many students coming to this country, supporting substandard courses in inadequate institutions, and I think poor universities are being funded by foreign students,” the Minister of Education said. Interior in October.

A Downing Street spokesperson said on Friday the government would seek to put an end to overseas students coming to the UK to obtain “low quality” degrees while bringing dependents with them through the chain migration – however, the government has not yet defined what constitutes a “low quality” degree.

According to a report by The Times of Londonthe government is also limiting the number of foreign student admissions to top universities and reducing the number of visas granted to students’ family members.

The plan will likely see a push back from the anti-Brexit globalist in charge of the Treasury, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, who has said keeping immigration high will be necessary to boost economic growth.

While such a strategy would increase the country’s overall GDP, it would do little to improve people’s lives per capita. Indeed, while migration has continued to rise over the past decade, wages have remained largely stagnant in real terms and housing costs have soared, with mass migration negatively impacting supply and demand. in both regions.

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