Commenting, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:
"This census confirms the impact of mass immigration on our population. We now find that even the official numbers previously understated the scale of net migration by 14% and even this does not account for the illegal immigrant population who would not complete the census form. Our population growth in the last decade was twice that of the previous decade. The latest projections show that immigration will account for two thirds of our population increase in the next 15 years. That is 5 million people and is the equivalent of the combined populations of Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol. Nobody wants to see the population grow at this rate.”
Notes to Editors:
* The latest YouGov polling shows that nearly 70% of the population want to see immigration reduced down to the level of emigration.
* Estimated net migration to England and Wales between year ending June 2002 and year ending June 2011 was 1.9 million. Census results suggest that this is an under-estimate of 267,000.