The immigration boom under Labour led to face of Britain changing faster than any major nation except Italy, a study by an Oxford University think tank revealed.
During the five-year peak of the influx, the UK’s migrant population soared by 22 per cent – double the average of G8 countries, figures from the Migration Observatory show.
Over the past two decades, Britain’s foreign-born population increased from 3.8million – or 7 per cent of the total population - in 1993 to almost 7million, or 12 per cent per cent in 2010.
During the same period, the number of foreign-born residents without British citizenship doubled from just under two million (4 per cent of the population) to over four million (7 per cent).
Net-migration – the number arrivals minus those leaving - increased from 564,000 during the five years from 1996-2000, to 923,000 in 2001-2005 and 1,044,000 during 2006-2010.
In 2010, net-migration reached 252,000, its highest level for a single calendar year on record.
But it is the period between 2000 and 2005 – a period of an open border policy during and rapid expansion of the EU - that immigration really spiked. Read More