Another 323,000 migrants arrive in the UK - a city the size of Hull

Published Feb 25, 2016

UKIP_M0416.jpgThe Office of National Statistics (ONS) has today released another record breaking set of figures. In the last year 617,000 people arrived in the UK, net 323,000 (up 31,000 from YE September 2014).

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage: "As I've said for years, we cannot control immigration into Britain while we remain inside the EU. The government pledge to reduce net migration to tens of thousands continues to be laughable.

"I am pleased that there are now lots of voices agreeing with me, that we must leave the European Union to control our borders.

"It should also be noted that the Romanian and Bulgarian figures have gone up significantly by 55,000 in the year ending September 2015, even higher than I predicted."

Steven Woolfe MEP, UKIP’s migration spokesman, added, “The Prime Minister has lost control of our borders and lost the trust of the British people on migration.

“He has broken his promise to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands per year every quarter for the last six years.

“Unless we vote to Leave the EU, Britain will be forever borderless. Our schools and our hospitals cannot cope with the number of people entering the country.

“We must take back control of our borders and introduce a fair, ethical and sensible Australian style points based immigration system, so that we can decide who comes into Britain based on the requirements of our modern economy.

“Immigration has provided extraordinary benefits for Britain. But with high youth employment, a critical lack of housing and our public services under pressure, we must control the number of people entering this country.

“We cannot cope with the massive uncontrolled migration taking place within the EU. The only way we can enact a policy that does not discriminate against people from outside the EU and control overall numbers is if we vote to leave on June 23rd."

Cllr Tim Aker MEP said: "As we have been saying for many years, being a member of the European Union means we lose the right to control our borders.

"While the other political parties fully support the idea that bureaucrats in Brussels should dictate our migration policy, we in UKIP believe that should be a decision made in this country.

"Research from the Bank of England has shown an open door migration policy drives down wages of those most in need in our society.

"The decisions taken by the government show they are more interested in cutting the wage budget for their friends in big business than supporting families putting a meal on the table.

"Only a vote for UKIP and a vote to leave the European Union in June will change any of this because the establishment do not listen to anything other than votes."

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