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Record rise in immigration as 240,000 given right to stay in just one year

A warm welcome: Non-EU migration to the UK is almost at record levels

Labour’s ‘shambolic’ stewardship of the immigration system was exposed last night by figures showing that almost a quarter of a million migrants were handed the right to stay in Britain last year.

Grants of settlement, which are one step short of a passport, rose 35 per cent to 238,950 in the year to September 2010 – the highest since records began in 1960.

The total includes tens of thousands given full access to Britain’s public services because of the catastrophic failure to deal with their asylum cases swiftly.

Official figures also showed migration added 226,000 to the country’s population in 2010. This net migration figure – the number of arrivals minus those departing – is more than double the level that would be needed if ministers are to fulfil their pledge to reduce the annual net total to ‘tens of thousands’ by 2015.

Among the arrivals were spiralling numbers of students. Study visas issued in Labour’s last year were up by 41 per cent. The Office for National Statistics stated: ‘Long-term immigration to the UK for formal study has trebled over the last decade.’

The backlog of more than 400,000 asylum cases was uncovered more than five years ago and only now are many finally being resolved. Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think-tank, said the settlement figures were ‘appalling’.

‘This is what Labour called “managed migration”. It would be hard to imagine a more shambolic inheritance,’ he said.

‘Around one in three of those granted settlement were failed asylum seekers who had been hanging around so long that they acquired a human rights case to stay.’

The ONS confirmed that the foreign-born population rose by 3.2million during Labour’s 13 years in power, as reported in the Mail this week.

Sir Andrew said: ‘These figures are Labour’s legacy to Britain – 3.2million immigrants, including a quarter of a million in their last year alone.

‘Over half a million students in one year with no interviews before arrival and no checks on departure, and a “points-based system” that has increased immigration, not reduced it.’

Immigration Minister Damian Green said that the figures reinforced the need for radical reforms of the immigration system.

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February 25, 2011 - Posted by | Community, Illegal Immigrants, Immigration, Labour, Multiculturalism, uk, UK Government |


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  2. I feel I have been ‘fighting’ on my own, for my rights..
    I like what you ‘say’ and agree..
    What I have had experience with is beyond me.
    There is no such thing as class distinction, but, discriminations..
    Over 20 years I have fought, for when raising my son, was continually tested..and not just by, governing bodies..DSS, Housing, and now for the past 8 years towards the NHS, incompetence, med. neglect,rudeness, dis-respect, discriminition, through age, sterotype, race, sex,common assault during an procedure,giving longterm meds..many other..which has been detrimental towards my health, well-being and possible demise..thats what the final letter said.housebound predominately bedbound..very pooly with many disease..attempts at intimidation-doesnt work with me-these so-called professional are white..and so am I..
    Cultures were pushed together without ‘introduction’..other cultures have a very wide ledge, and use at every opportunity to suggest they are being discriminated against..completely bored by this…Equlity and Human Rights, and health sec. many other assisting groups/orgs..have refused to even speak with me, let alone bring those consultants to respect their responsibilities..and the ‘prognosis is not good’, surley that tell ‘professional’that someting is actually not quite right.
    Thank you for listening to me ‘waffle’ lots more to say, have opinion of..

    Comment by Doreen gerrard-atkinson | February 25, 2011 | Reply

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