According to an Daily Mail article last Friday, One third of 'Londoners' born abroad. New figures show that 10,000 foreigners settle in the capital every single month.
Hardly surprising, one can walk down the road in many areas and not meet anybody other than immigrants or second/third generation immigrants. Makes life culturally interesting - my own family has added to the mix.
The big problem is the drain on public resources and services. Those who are supposed to make projections about people and community cohesion always drastically under-estimate long term public needs.
There is a growing Polish community near where I live. Most of the building workers are Polish. They are known as hard grafters who benefit the economy. Local shops are now selling Polish beer and Polish food. In another part of Islington there is a large growing Nigerian population. Even the local famous Seven Sisters Road indoor market has changed so much over the past couple of years, it's almost like a market in Nigeria (one can buy almost anything made there)Sometimes at the weekend I go to the different cash and carry outlets with my friend to buy stocks for his shop. Never really gave it much thought until last week but they are all Asian owned and their customers are all Asian. I'm a fish out of water. We went to a new one and everybody kept suspiciously asking what I was doing there. I just laugh off situations like that but some people really take offence.
It is not just London but all the towns and cities in Britain are seeing the effect of immigration. Today there are claims that Britain's Population 'to hit 65m by 2016'. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates half the increase set to increase by 4.4 million is projected to come from immigration who are largely of a childbearing age.
Quite ironical that Britain is presently an aging population and it is claimed this year there are actually more pensioners than children.
Read - Impact of a bigger population. Where are we going to fit all these people. Heard somebody say on the news tonight Britain needs more immigration like a hole in the head - very apt indeed. Mind you, Britain is not as densely populated as some other countries I've been to. It's only in certain areas.
Added to the problem, there's also a report that the EU is suggesting an EU 'Blue Card' to target skilled workers, similar to the USA Green card which will be valid for entry into any member country of the EU. If Britain doesn't opt out of that one it will mean another explosion of people.
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