UK immigration research shows 50% of English population lives in high migration areas

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11 July 2013


The UK's Home Office has released research which shows that 50% of the population of England and Wales (but not Scotland) lives in 'areas of relatively high migration'. A further 30% lives in areas of 'moderate migration' and only 20% lives in areas with 'low migration levels'. The report was commissioned by the Home Office to try to discover what the impacts of immigration have been in England and Wales. It was published on 3rd July 2013.

The report says that the impact of immigration on the UK varies from place to place and according to the level of immigration and the type of immigrant. The report also finds that there is a greater effect on 'social cohesion' in areas where there has traditionally been little or no immigration but where there has been a recent, rapid growth in the numbers of immigrants.

The report, which is titled Social and Public Service Impacts of International Migration at the Local Level, says that the effects of immigration have been most evident in the fields of health and housing. 73% of new tuberculosis cases and 60% of new HIV cases are found among immigrants. Rents in London are being driven up by increased demand caused by large immigrant populations. In addition, unscrupulous landlords are letting out properties to high numbers of tenants. There is also some evidence of increased demand for schools. Immigration seems to have no overall impact on crime levels.

Seven areas of highest migration

The geographical areas of highest migration are

The report also breaks immigrants down into three different categories and examines the differing consequences that each type of immigrant typically has on the communities in which they live.

Three main types of immigrant

The three categories are

Areas of highest impact

The report also finds that the impact of immigration on the host community tends to be greatest in areas of high migration where there is no history of immigration. The report says that social cohesion has been most adversely affected in two main instances

The UK's Immigration Minister Mark Harper told the BBC that the report shows the impact that uncontrolled immigration can have and said that the UK government was on target to reduce net immigration to 100,000 annually by 2015.

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