120,000 Romanians and Bulgarians have already moved to Britain: Census shows in some parts of the country one in ten are Eastern EuropeanFears of major influx when travel restrictions lifted at the end of the yearIn Boston, Lincolnshire, 10.7 per cent of population are Eastern EuropeanPM announced plans to make access to social benefits harder for migrants By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 23:53 GMT, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 27 March 2013 Nearly 120,000 Romanians and Bulgarians have already moved to Britain despite not yet being allowed to work freely in this country, official figures showed yesterday. The data from the 2011 census showed that migration to Britain – at a rate equivalent to 30,000 a year – began as soon as the two countries joined the EU. The disclosure is fresh evidence that a major movement of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens is likely when restrictions are lifted at the end of the year.
Romanians and Bulgarians snap up 175,000 jobs in the UK already… and that's before the borders have even opened More than 250,000 Romanians and Bulgarians have come to Britain175,000 of them have been given National Insurance NumbersWork restrictions are set to be lifted next year , a total of 262,929 applications to work or remain in Britain were approved for Bulgarians and Romanians
Migrants handed 1m a week for children back home as thousands of British families are stripped of THEIR child benefitCash is awarded despite the children living in another countryCritics blast taxpayer cash going to dependents in countries like PolandSituation will worsen when Romanians and Bulgarians allowed UK jobs By James Slack PUBLISHED: 00:03 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:04 GMT, 4 February 2013 Cash migration: The money is sent to families in Poland, Ireland, France, Slovakia and many other nations Britain is giving EU immigrants 1million a week in handouts for children who live abroad. The payments include child benefit – which was stripped from more than one million British families last month. The bill is likely to rise still further when Romanians and Bulgarians get free access to the UK jobs market on January 1.
White Britons are now a minority in Leicester, Luton and Slough and Birmingham is set to follow by end of decade All three communities have a white British population of less than 50%, 2011 UK census shows, and Birmingham will be the same by 2020 Slough has the lowest proportion of white Britons in the UK outside London – 35 per centImmigration from Eastern Europe since 2004 a major cause, say academics By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 10:52 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:54 GMT, 10 January 2013 Three towns and cities have joined London in having a minority white British population. Researchers say more than 50 per cent of people living in Leicester, Luton and Slough are either foreign or from an ethnic minority. Birmingham is expected to have a similar make-up by 2020
Britain needs immigration: Extraordinary open letter from Vince Cable's wife hits back at MoS columnist who wrote of 'alien nation' – and backs husband's mansion tax Rachel Cable responds to provocative column by Peter Hitchens'Most newcomers are either students or migrants with skills Britain needs'Mansion tax 'would help bridge widening gap between rich and poor | UPDATED: 22:42 GMT, 22 December 2012 Vince Cable's wife Rachel wrote an open letter defending Britain's immigration policy and backing her husband's policy of a mansion tax The wife of Business Secretary Vince Cable has written an extraordinary open letter defending the UK’s stance on immigration – and backing her husband’s controversial idea of a mansion tax. Rachel Cable was responding to a provocative polemic in last week’s Mail on Sunday by Peter Hitchens, who argued that British society was undergoing an irreversible transformation. Our columnist drew on recently released census data to highlight the decline of the UK’s manufacturing industry, London’s increasing detachment from the rest of the country, the decline of Christianity and marriage and the cultural changes wrought by immigration.
'Don't blame migrants for Britain's troubles': Tony Blair delivers series of thinly-veiled warnings to Ed MilibandEx-Prime Minister urges greater welfare reform but warns of the dangers of Euroscepticism and 'flattening' the City with regulation He defends the Bush years, insisting rendition and torture was wrong but happened at a time when 'our people were threatened' | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 19 December 2012 Tony Blair yesterday delivered a series of thinly-veiled warnings to Ed Miliband over Labour’s positions on immigration, welfare reform and the Leveson Report. In a highly unusual intervention into British politics, the former prime minister declined to say whether he would campaign for the Labour leader at the next election expected in 2015
Dancing on ice: Snowy owl left with a big smile on his face as practises his moves | UPDATED: 20:16 GMT, 16 December 2012 This owl looks like it's taking advantage of the cold weather to practise its skating moves on the ice. The snowy owl was captured on camera with one leg outstretched behind it while it balanced on one claw. But, the beautiful bird may just have been stretching after it woke up to freezing temperatures of -20C in Montreal, Canada
More than 100,000 migrants to undergo face-to-face interviews in attempt to end visa system 'abuse' UK Border Agency launched pilot scheme last year to interview 'high-risk student visa applications'Theresa May said agency staff will interview 100,000 a year from April | UPDATED: 07:54 GMT, 13 December 2012 More than 100,000 migrants a year are to undergo face-to-face interviews when they apply for visas in an attempt to end rampant ‘abuse’ of the system. Labour abolished the interviews four years ago when they introduced a controversial points-based regime. Migrants were judged on application forms which included questions about their qualifications and financial arrangements.
Migrants 'will push house prices up by an extra 10%', Theresa May warns Home Secretary: ‘More than one third of all new housing demand caused by immigration' Said research house prices will be 13 per cent higher over next 20 years than if migration were at zero | UPDATED: 07:50 GMT, 13 December 2012 House prices will rise by more than 10 per cent unless mass immigration is controlled, Theresa May warned yesterday. The increases in the years to come would go beyond other pressures on the housing market – dealing a blow to young Britons already struggling to get on the property ladder. In a speech in London, the Home Secretary delivered a blunt analysis of the impact of Labour’s ‘open door’ immigration policy.
Portrait of a nation bursting at the seams | UPDATED: 00:18 GMT, 12 December 2012 In one extraordinary statistic after another, the results of the 2011 census spell out the most dramatic demographic upheaval in our country’s history. Some 7.5million foreign-born residents in England and Wales, most arriving in the last ten years… four million fewer Christians, with the number of Muslims almost doubling to 2.7million… Fewer than half London’s 8.2million residents describing themselves as white British… overall numbers up by 3.7million, the biggest surge in two centuries… The number of people living in England and Wales who were born overseas has risen by nearly three million to 7.5m Indeed, the make-up of many of our communities has been transformed, permanently and beyond recognition, since Labour threw open our borders at the beginning of the new millennium. This paper takes pride in Britain’s long tradition of offering a haven to settlers from overseas