10 March 2009
Eleven per cent of British residents are born abroad
Figures released this week show that the number of people living in Britain who were born overseas has reached three times the global average.
Migrationwatch UK has lashed out at the government, saying that it claims of having a migration programme comparable with that of international standards is not true.
Chairman Sir Andrew Green said the government has mismanaged the migration programme for the past decade and that since 1991 the percentage of migrants residing in the UK doubled to reach 11 per cent in 2009.
"The Government seems to make a habit of blaming current ills on "global forces", but our analysis shows this problem is almost entirely home grown. It could, and should, have been more competently managed, so preventing the rising tide of resentment among the public," Sir Green said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the government has defended its position, saying that the whole purpose of the massive overhaul of the UK immigration system was to make it work for the benefit of Britain. Since February 2008, a new points-based system for immigration to the UK has been gradually introduced, which the government claims is making it tougher for foreign workers to move to the UK.
"We have put in place the biggest shake-up of immigration in over a generation, including the introduction of the points-based system," the UK Border Agency spokesperson said.
"This means only foreign workers we need - and no more - can come here. The number of Eastern Europeans coming here to work is falling and research suggests many have gone home."
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in UK visa and immigration services.