Immigrant baby boom drives up British population by double the rate of previous decade
Oh goody – England’s immigrants are breeding like rabbits. One in four births last year were to mothers who were born outside Britain. I can bet you most were either of African or Arab/Muslim descent. At this rate the indigenous European will be an endangered species in the near future. The other good news is that nearly one child in three is living without their father or mother. Yup – that’s about right for the breeders. They have their fun and then leave tax payers to raise their spawn.
Britain’s fast-rising population is now close to 62million, the latest count showed yesterday.
Numbers of people in the country went up by 394,000 to reach 61,792,000 by the middle of last year, the Office for National Statistics said.
The increase of 0.6 per cent on the previous year means the population has been rising at the same rapid rate since the Millennium, mainly driven by high levels of immigration.
In the past decade, population levels have been rising as fast as they did at the peak of the post-war baby boom in the early 1960s.
The latest leap in numbers has been pushed by growing birth rates more than immigration, the ONS said.
It said that 45 per cent of last year’s population rise was brought about by immigration and 55 per cent by ‘ natural increase’ – the greater number of births than deaths.
But the rising birth rate is itself a product of immigration – one in four births last year were to mothers who were born outside Britain.
The country’s population rose by 176,000 as a result of migration, down on the previous year by 15,000 as the recession cut numbers of people coming into the country to find work.
But it is still 23 per cent higher than in 2002 when net migration, the number of people added to the population after both immigration and emigration have been counted, stood at 143,000.
The ONS believes that continuing high levels of immigration means the population will hit the politically-sensitive 70million level in 2029.
Ministers repeated yesterday their promise to slash the number of immigrants.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said: ‘We believe immigration has been far too high in recent years, which is why the Government will reduce net migration back down to the levels of the 1990s – to tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands.
‘Over the coming weeks and months the public will see us tackle this issue by introducing a wide range of measures.’