Immigration into Britain is set to surge to a record high – despite the fact that concern and anger over the rapidly changing face of the country was the key reason for the majority Brexit vote.
Arrivals will soar to more than 700,000 a year under current Home Office proposals – 160,000 from the EU and 550,000 from elsewhere, according to think-tank Migration Watch. The number previously peaked at 652,000 in the 12 months to June 2016.
After those leaving Britain have been taken into account, the Government’s proposals would mean ‘net migration’ – the number of immigrants minus the number of those emigrating – spiralling to 380,000 a year, the think-tank added.
In its report, the think-tank says the leap in immigration will come mainly because of much lower barriers for workers with mid-level skills.
‘The inflow will include a far greater proportion of non-EU migrants than is currently the case. In effect, EU migrants would be replaced, and more, by migrants from the rest of the world.’
To put it bluntly, this means that the political elite’s response to public concern over immigration is not to stop it, but to change its main source. To put it bluntly, this means that – even if some sort of Brexit is allowed to go ahead – the Poles and Lithuanians who have been arriving in recent years will be replaced by migrants from places like Pakistan and Lagos. Which, needless to say, is not what 17.4 million Brexit voters had in mind!
The Home Office last night denied the Migration Watch claims.