‘Nine in 10 new house­holds headed by an im­mi­grant’

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Kate Mccann SE­NIOR PO­LIT­I­CAL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

NINE out of 10 new house­holds cre­ated in Bri­tain over the past decade were headed up by some­one not born in the UK, re­search has re­vealed.

Cam­paign­ers are warn­ing that the Gov­ern­ment has “se­ri­ously un­der­stated” the im­pact mi­gra­tion has on hous­ing and are call­ing on min­is­ters to re­view ur­gently the need cre­ated by peo­ple mov­ing to Bri­tain.

Fig­ures com­piled by Mi­gra­tion Watch UK and pro­duced by the Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics show that be­tween 2005 and 2015, 90 per cent of ad­di­tional homes cre­ated had some­one born in an­other coun­try as head of the house­hold.

How­ever, the group, which cam­paigns for lower mi­gra­tion, said es­ti­mates of the pro­por­tion of pro­jected house­hold growth re­sult­ing from net mi­gra­tion was “thor­oughly mis­lead­ing” be­cause the Gov­ern­ment has not taken this up­ward trend into ac­count. It warns that the Depart­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment fig­ures did not take into ac­count the ex­ist­ing large pop­u­la­tion of mi­grants in the UK who need homes, and that the pro­jec­tions for fu­ture im­mi­gra­tion are con­ser­va­tive.

Sa­jid Javid’s claim that “two thirds of hous­ing de­mand has noth­ing to do with im­mi­gra­tion; it is to do with nat­u­ral pop­u­la­tion growth” is “en­tirely false and mis­lead­ing” the group said.

White­hall fig­ures claim the im­pact of mi­gra­tion will ac­count for 37 per cent of fu­ture hous­ing need in Bri­tain, but cam­paign­ers be­lieve the real im­pact is far higher and should be taken into ac­count ahead of the Bud­get.

♦ EU na­tion­als do not have to face the same tough rules as Bri­tons to bring non-eu spouses into the UK, the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice ruled yes­ter­day. Judges said the Home Of­fice was wrong to refuse an Al­ge­rian, who had over­stayed his visa, the right to stay af­ter he mar­ried a Span­ish woman who had taken UK cit­i­zen­ship.

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