Increase in UK immigration
United Kingdom, December 11: The latest figures for UK migrants reveal a rising trend in immigration to the United Kingdom. According to Jil Matheson, a national statistician who has been recently appointed as the head of ONS (Office for National Statistics), UK migrants have nearly doubled in less than 30 years.
Moreover, nearly 10 percent of UK’s population (currently 6.7 million) was born abroad.
As per the ONS analysis, the number of those born abroad has gone up by two million as compared to what it was nearly eight years ago.
The report goes on to add that there are nearly 689,000 migrants in UK which belong to Eastern Europe signifying an increase of 522,000 migrants since eight countries including Poland became a part of the Eastern Europe in the year 2004.
These migrants (i.e. 522,000 migrants) comprise just one in ten of the total overseas born population of UK.
The main reason for this sudden increase in the foreign-born UK population is the addition of several new nations to the Eastern Europe since the citizens can move freely to UK to look for better work and living opportunities not only for themselves but for their families as well.
The ONS figurers reveal that nearly 25 percent of the kids born in Wales and England belong to foreign-born moms. This percentage comes to nearly 170,834 babies, which is regarded as the highest. Hence, there is no denying the fact that UK has a diverse population right now.
The immigration policies of the UK have played a crucial role in increasing the population of the country by inviting people from Eastern Europe to work in UK.
The ONS report stated that nearly 20,000 more migrants from Eastern Europe came to United Kingdom as compared to those who left UK in the year 2008.