Britain is now home to 4.9million migrants. – that’s one in 12 of the population. They include 679,000 Poles, the same number who live in Poland’s second biggest city Krakow.
About 1.2million foreigners from the 10 eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004 have moved to Britain.
The total number of foreign nationals has risen by 3% to 4.9million last year, which is 7.9% of our population. The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development released the detailed figures yesterday.
Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU in 2004. Romania and Bulgaria followed in 2007.
But the report revealed Britain was not Europe’s top destination for migrant workers with four times as many EU workers moving to Germany than the UK.
Almost 30% of migrants moving under rules within the EU in 2012 went to Germany compared with just 7% coming to the UK the OECD said.
The findings come after Prime Minister David Cameron hinted he was ready for Britain to leave the EU if he was refused demands on curbing immigration.
He set out plans to ban EU migrants from claiming welfare for the first four years after arriving in the UK and deport those who do not find jobs within six months.
Steven Woolfe MEP, Ukip’s migration spokesman, said the number of eastern European migrants was “staggering”.
He added: “Ukip has never blamed people from wanting to migrate to the UK.
“The scale of migration from Eastern Europe since 2004 has been too much in such a short space of time.
“Mass immigration at this level is not sustainable.”
At the rate we are going our whole society, at some point, is going to break down. What have we got to halt the decline, our industry and industrial base has gone – the mechanism for recovery is simply not there.