Thursday, May 16, 2013

Immigrants now make up 13% of the British population as it’s revealed more Europeans arrived in the UK in the past decade than in the previous 50 years

At least 7.5million immigrants now live in Britain, making up 13 per cent of the total population, it was revealed today.

New data from the 2011 Census shows that 3.8million came to the UK's shores in the previous ten years, doubling the number who were already living here.

A surge from Europe also meant that more people came from the continent in the decade to 2011 than the 50 years before then put together.

A total of 1.54million Europeans entered Britain in that time, compared to the 1.2million between 1961 and 2000. The largest numbers came between 2004 and 2009, when Poland joined the EU.