With public discontent growing over the burgeoning number of
foreigners flooding into their country, many Britons are expecting their
government to restrict immigration, and require immigrants to speak
English before being allowed into their nation.
A virtual tidal wave of immigrants is swamping the United Kingdom with
new arrivals. Although the Conservative Party under the leadership of
Prime Minister David Cameron has decried the influx of foreigners — both
legal and illegal — into the UK, the current ruling party has found
that it is much easier to describe the problem than to solve it. An
article by Soeren Kern for Hudson New York (“Britain Launches Crackdown on Illegal Immigration”)
details the daunting scope of the flood of migrants that has resulted
from the disastrous policies of the former, Labour government:
Upon taking office in May 2010, Cameron's coalition government pledged
to reduce net migration from around 200,000 to the "tens of thousands"
by 2015. In an effort to bring the immigration numbers down, the
government in November 2010 announced a cap of 21,700 skilled workers
from outside the European Union who are allowed to work in Britain.
One-and-a-half years later, the British government has been unable to
reduce immigration in any meaningful way. In fact, immigration is still
on the rise.
The number of foreigners coming to Britain surged by a massive 21
percent during 2010, according to data released in August 2011 by
Britain's Office for National Statistics.
Official figures show that a total of 575,000 people moved to Britain
in 2010, the equivalent of one every minute. A legacy of the British
Labour Party's open-door policy, this was the second-highest annual
figure since 1991.
The Office for National Statistics also said that the number of people
granted settlement — the first step to full citizenship — in Britain
also reached a record 241,000 in 2010. A total of 195,000 were granted
British citizenship, down from the record high of 204,000 in 2009, but
more than double the level of a decade ago.
The number of people applying for asylum also fell last year but has
started to rise again, with 4,800 applications between April and June,
mainly from Pakistan and Libya. the rest HERE