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RECORD levels of immigration will see Britain’s population soar to 75million  
Posted by Craig on October 24 2007, 13:58 » Uploaded 25/10/07 11:15  

RECORD levels of immigration will see Britain’s population soar to 75million in less than 50 years, an expert has warned.

The massive increase — up from 60million at present — would have an impact similar to building TWO new cities the size as London.

This is expected to pile huge pressure on our schools, hospitals, housing and congested roads.

The predictions are made by Professor David Coleman, of the University of Oxford, using official figures.

He said large levels of immigration plus the high birth rate of migrants will push the population up to 75million by 2051. At the same time, the number of non-whites in Britain will rocket from nine per cent to 29 per cent.

Immigrant mothers now account for a QUARTER of all births in England and Wales.

In a memo to the House of Lords’ economic affairs committee, Prof Coleman said that two years ago, the average woman had 1.74 babies.

But he says the figure is now 1.84 and rising — with migrant mothers having an average of 2.2 children.

Prof Coleman estimates the UK’s population will rise to just under 70 million by 2031 — before hitting 75 million by the middle of this century.

Earlier this month, ministers were forced to raise their prediction for the annual increase in Britain’s population from 145,000 to 190,000 — as a result of immigration.


Prof Coleman claimed that ministers seemed “unaware” of the consequences this increase would have on the UK.

He said: “The impact of an additional 15million people would be considerable — economic, environmental, social and ethnic.”

Meanwhile Cambridge University economist Prof Robert Rowthorn, who compiled another report into immigration, predicts Britain’s population will soar to 81million by 2074.

He claimed: “Immigration undermines the labour market position of the most vulnerable and least skilled sections of the local workforce.”

Prof Rowthorn’s report has been submitted to a Parliamentary inquiry into immigration.

Home Office minister Liam Byrne said: “These projections prove my case for sweeping changes now.

“Things like our points system — due to start in 140 days time — fingerprint visas abroad and a single border force to toughen policing at our ports and airports at home.”

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Comment 01 – Zoidbug October 25 2007, 13:49

He said: “The impact of an additional 15 million people would be considerable — economic, environmental, social and ethnic.”

That's three positive impacts, then. As for the environmental impact, well, wherever people live (most people, anyway), they'll have some more or less damaging effect on the environment - it is everywhere, after all.

Comment 02 – Julie October 25 2007, 15:05

I take these long term predictions with a pinch of salt, and I'm surprised that any serious scholars would wish to have their names attached to speculations about what's going to happen over the next 50 years.

It's Nostradamus territory, really. But it suits the Murdoch agenda of distracting people and directing their anger away from the rulers. We might with as good reason believe predictions that the northern hemisphere will be submerged under water by 2051, which would mean a different immigration problem, one in which we are the immigrants in the drier southern hemisphere.


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