Immigration To Account For A New Household Every 6 Minutes


Balanced Migration, Emigration, Housing, Population

Government projections issued this week confirm that net immigration is now the largest single influence on household formation in England, accounting for very nearly 4 in 10 new households (39%).


The projections show that, over the 25 years from 2006 to 2031, immigration will account for an extra 99,000 households a year – or one every six minutes. This means an extra 2.5 million households by the end of the period out of a total of 6.3 million new households, or nearly 40%. These households would not be formed if immigration was in balance with emigration.


The figures also show a substantial increase of 15% in the number of households expected to be formed in England by 2031 compared to the last estimate which was made only a couple of years ago in 2006. There are large upward revisions for the North East (33%) Yorkshire and the Humber (30%), and the East Midlands (21%). The West Midlands and the East are both revised up by 16% while the South East and South West are increased by about 10%.(see the table below).


Commenting, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migrationwatch UK said, “Yet again the government have tried to bury the true picture in the middle of a 17 page statistical release but they cannot conceal the fact that immigration will have a massive impact on housing demand and therefore on our whole quality of life and our environment. It is time that the government faced up to the facts and brought immigration under control instead of seeking to camouflage the true position.”


Table 8: 2006-based projections compared with revised 2004-based projections, by English region
































































thousands


2006-based


projection


2004-based


projection


Difference


 


Average annual change


2006 – 2026


Average annual change


2006 – 2026


 


 North East


9


6


2


 North West


28


26


3


 Yorkshire & The Humber


31


23


7


 East Midlands


28


22


6


 West Midlands


22


18


3


 East


34


30


5


 London


34


33


1


 South East


40


36


4


 South West


32


29


3


 England


258


223


35


 


 


 

13th March 2009

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