13 March 2009
UN: UK to become biggest country in Europe by 2050
According to a report from the United Nations, immigration to Britain is going to cause it to be the most populated country in Europe by 2050.
The Telegraph says the report comes as an embarrassment to the British Government, who have been struggling to sell their tougher stance on immigration as being effective.
The UN also predict that the UK would be the third most popular country for migration, following the US and Canada until 2050, and that the net migration figures would reach an average of 174,000 annually, taking its population up to 72.4 million people.
Frank Field MP and Nicholas Soames MP, co-chairmen of the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, said this week that the report proves uncontrolled immigration would continue to infringe on Briton's quality of life.
"At least 70 per cent of this increase will be due to immigration. With England already being the most overcrowded country in Europe, the question for politicians is simple: if you want to stop our country's population rising to unacceptable levels, when will you get a grip on immigration?"
Damian Green, the shadow immigration minister, agreed with their sentiments, saying that the numbers of those who move to the UK need greater restriction.
"Conservatives want an annual limit on work permits, plus a lower age limit and also language tests for those who want to come here to get married.
"We cannot afford uncontrolled population growth."
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