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Huge increase in number of immigrants to the UK

Immigrant population rose by 21% in just four years, official figures show

The number of immigrants living in Britain rose by a fifth in just four years, official figures show.

In some areas of the country the foreign-born population increased by a third after millions of Eastern Europeans earned the right to live and work here after their homelands joined the European Union.

More than 1 million people moved to the UK between 2004 and 2007, attracted by the strong economy and the easy availability of low-skilled jobs that Britons did not want to take.

But now it is feared their presence could lead to rising levels of hostility and an increase in support for far-right political groups, as the recession leads to greater competition for scarce work.

The changing make-up of Britain's population was disclosed in the latest edition of Population Trends, published by the Office for National Statistics.

Its analysis of the Annual Population Survey showed that the numbers of people living in the UK who were not born here rose by 21 per cent between 2004 and 2007, from 5.2 million to 6.3 million. This is an increase equivalent to the population of Birmingham.

Much of the increase came from residents of the "A8" countries that joined the EU in May 2004 – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Of these, two thirds were Polish, making Poland the third most common country of birth for immigrants living in Britain, after India and the Republic of Ireland.


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Re: Huge increase in number of immigrants to the UK

this is more than a bit out of date...2004-2007. Things will change drastically with the recession.

Re: Huge increase in number of immigrants to the UK

Newspaper article dated - 10:04PM GMT 26 Mar 2009

The recession is global, so this won't make immigration to the richer countries (the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, US, etc.) of the world any less appealing.

Re: Huge increase in number of immigrants to the UK

I guess i meant the researched information base is out of date.
As to what's appealing in a couple of years who knows. You seem to be assuming a level playing field.