Report on Migrant effects shows Government’s housing and economic policies caught in ‘vicious circle'

Published Dec 05, 2015

StevenWoolfe_(1).jpegNearly half of all new homes built in England in the next five years are needed to cope with the influx of migrants, official figures have suggested. The Government have forecast that high levels of net immigration will lead to the creation of 95,000 new households a year. But ministers have only set a target of building 1 million new homes in England by 2020, equivalent to 200,000 a year. This suggests that almost half will be needed to help accommodate the expected arrival of 217,000 migrants annually.

UKIP’s Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe commented: “It seems that not a day goes by when the facts of real life encroach upon the Government’s fantasy views and policy response to the uncontrolled number of migrants who come to settle in the UK each and every day. Of course, we know from yesterday’s National Audit Office report exposing the huge holes in the UK’s Border Control IT systems, that the government doesn’t actually know how many legal and illegal migrant enter the UK each year. Nonetheless, today’s analysis of ‘official’ net migration statistics, shows that the government’s housing policies, like its overall public expenditure plans are caught up in a vicious circle of having to welcome additional migrant labour into the UK in order to build homes for the burgeoning migrant population already here.

“UKIP has been warning for sometime that this would be the end result of years of mass EU immigration into the UK. Undoubtedly, some controlled skilled immigration has benefits to the UK economy. But as the Think Tank Civitas has noted, mass immigration is reducing the job prospects of British people and depressing wages while placing an "enormous strain" on public services and infrastructure. While Cambridge University Economics Professor Robert Rowthorn has recently stated that immigrants have only a marginal economic benefit while putting pressure on schools, hospitals and the number of homes.

“Proponents of unfettered immigration say that we can’t run public services in the UK like the health service without migrant labour and because the Government has underinvested in training UK nationals for nursing and other posts this is undoubtedly true right now. But unless we start to train more of our existing residents to fill such jobs, simply inviting outsiders to come to Britain puts more pressure on the very public services that they are supposed to be coming to save. This is the absurd 'vicious circle' that the Government in now in. To break it the government needs to invest in the human capital of UK young people and assist in retraining UK people throughout their working lives. A blueprint for just some of these policies can be found in UKIP’s manifesto from the last General Election.”

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