By Leicestershire Correspondent
Alarmingly, the UK population grew by almost half a million last year to 64,596,800, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics
Net immigration to UK reached 318,000 in 2014, just below all-time peak in 2005 under Labour, with immigration from outside Europe rising strongly as within.
The latest quarterly migration figures from the Office for National Statistics show that net immigration from outside Europe up 42,000 – is now rising almost as strongly as from within Europe – up 67,000.
The ONS figures show that the number of overseas students in Britain rose by 11,000 in 2014 with continuing falls in the numbers from India – down 8% – and Pakistan – down 20% – matched by increasing numbers from China and Malaysia.
The number of people migrating to Britain to join spouses and other close family members rose by 20,000 on the latest figures to 91,000.
Asylum seekers accounted for only 25,020 of the new arrivals to Britain in the year to March. This is an increase of 5% over the previous 12 months with the largest numbers coming from Eritrea (3,552), Pakistan (2,421) and Syria (2,222). This is because clearly, the UK the next safe country to Eritrea, Pakistan and Syria!
This was more than "natural growth" – births minus deaths – which added 226,200. The ONS said a quarter of births were to mothers born outside the UK (1 in 4 babies)
If immigration to the UK ended tomorrow Britain's population would continue to grow because people are living longer and recent arrivals from countries such as Poland, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are boosting fertility rates. In simple terms, the immigrant population would still grow through family growth.
The size of the UK population with no additional net immigration would level off at 67.5 million over the next three decades and would eventually decline, according to projections by the Migration Observatory. However, if immigration continues at current levels the population will reach 73.3 million by 2037.
Importantly, the fertility rate in Britain (for the genuine Brit population) is still short of the magic figure of 2.1 – the rate at which the population replaces itself.
No country of the UK or region of England experienced a population decrease last year. The parts of the UK (England), with the largest population increases are below:
(6 of the 10 in London!)
1. City of London – up 5.54% from 7,600 to 8,100
2. Tower Hamlets, London – up 4.08% from 272,900 to 284,000
3. Westminster, London – up 2.84% from 226,800 to 233,300
4. Forest Heath, West Suffolk – up 2.56% from 61,200 to 62,800
5. Islington, London – up 2.48% from 215,700 to 221,000
6. Coventry – up 2.31% from 329,800 to 337,400
7. Hackney, London – up 2.24% from 257,400 to 263,200
8. Camden, London – up 2.23% from 229,700 to 234,800
9. Oxford – up 2.08% from 154,800 to 158,000
10. Exeter – up 2.08% from 121,800 to 124,300
For further and more detail regarding the recent alarming findings please read the full report: