UK IMMIGRATION NEWS
Immigration to the UK driving population growth
Monday, July 04, 2011
According to the figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on last Friday - July 1, 2011, UK immigration is adding significantly to the country's population growth.
The data showed UK population increased by 470,000 people between mid-2009 and the same point in 2010. In the growth, UK immigrants accounted for 230,000 people - around 49 per cent of the total.
ONS stated that the number of people moving to the country with UK visas and the decline in long-term migration away from Britain are the main factors in the net migration increase.
The rising birth rate in UK immigrants is also contributing to the population growth because one in four births came from non-UK born mothers.
UK Immigration Minister Damian Green said the government was concerned by the figures and was seeking to slow the growth rate.
"We are in the process of fixing the immigration system we inherited to ensure that any migration-related population growth is sustainable and brings benefits to the UK," he said.
He thought that the figures are evidence of the impact that a decade of uncontrolled migration has had on the UK.If you are interested in UK Visas, contact Migration Expert for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try our visa eligibility assessment to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to the UK.
Hanna Eliasson | Migration Expert UK