Current levels of immigration, if they are allowed to continue, mean that we will need to build enough homes to accommodate 350 additional households a day, according to Migration Watch UK.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has today released their variant household projections for England at different assumed levels of net migration. Under their 'high' net migration scenario of 217,000 per year an additional 95,000 households would be created each year until 2037, compared to their zero net migration projection. This implies approximately 2.3 migrants per household.
However, net migration to the UK is currently running at one third of a million, with well over 90% going to England. If net migration were to continue to England in the order of 300,000 per year this would mean an additional 130,000 households a year - 350 a day.
Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK said “These are astonishing new figures. They illustrate the huge impact on housing demand that immigration at current levels will generate. This will have serious consequences for our environment and for the whole of our infrastructure. The public is right to be deeply opposed to current levels of immigration. It is now absolutely obvious that immigration must be sharply reduced and that must include immigration from the EU.”
The DCLG projections can be found here.
Migration Watch UK is an independent and non-political think tank chaired by Lord Green of Deddington, a former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. They believe that sustainable levels of properly managed immigration are of distinct benefit to our society. Their website says “Many migrants make a valuable contribution to our society in terms of both their skills and experience. Britain also has a long history of welcoming genuine refugees which must continue; nowadays those granted protection comprise only about 10% of net immigration.”
“At present immigration is neither sustainable nor well managed. In 2013 net migration was 212,000 and the latest ONS statistics project that our population will reach 70 million by 2027, 60% due directly or indirectly to immigration.”