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No wonder it’s getting crowded!
This is not meant to sound like a recruiting call for UKIP. But I’ve just seen the latest Office for National Statistics report on changes in the UK population in the last fifty years. I was shocked, and I think you will be too.
Every time I visit France or America I’m struck by the sheer size of the land mass. No wonder they spread out in big suburbs and have low level shopping malls as far as the eye can see – there’s just so much land.
Contrast that with dear old Blighty and its no wonder our city journeys are no faster today than in those far off horse drawn Victorian days. Anecdotally I’ve been thinking that the South East has become appreciably busier in the twenty years or so that I’ve lived down here. Now I have some facts.
The overall population of the UK has grown by over ten million since nineteen sixty four and now stands at just over sixty four million. The first five million growth took thirty seven years. The second five million has happened in twelve years. So each year we’re now seeing half a million extra people arrive here, half of them through a rising birth rate and half through immigration.
Net long term migration, which means people who intend to stay longer than a year, went up twenty per cent to two hundred and twelve thousand in twenty thirteen. Most of this is driven from the EU opening its borders since two thousand and four. But before you call the Daily Mail headline writers, the number is not entirely made up of Romanian travellers.
Don’t forget that the economies of countries like France, Spain and Italy are in nowhere near as great shape as the UK, so ambitious young people from right across Europe are heading to Cool Brittania. As you may know, London is now the fifth largest city of France. Estimates of a quarter of a million plus French people in the capital are matched by a similar number of Brazilians.
Around two third of Europeans come here to work and twenty per cent to study. Despite what you may have heard about the hard working Poles heading back home, in reality they top the immigration chart at a hundred and two thousand last year. Nigel Farage will be pleased to learn that Romania is next on forty seven thousand, not quite the millions he predicted. Spain and Italy are right behind on forty six thousand and forty two thousand respectively.
Looking at the overall total of foreign born people now living in the UK, India remains on top with Poland second ahead of Pakistan, Ireland and Germany. But the mind blowing statistic is the rise in the proportion of people living here who started life elsewhere. It’s risen from five point two million in two thousand and four to seven point eight million last year.
An extra two and a half million people in a decade, raising the proportion from eight point nine per cent to twelve point four. So around one in eight people walking down any High Street in Britain was not born here. The good thing about all these immigrants is that they tend to be in their twenties and thirties and hungry to work. That’s the spirit that made America great a century ago. Contrast it to today with half the U.S. population on food stamps even though most of them look like the last thing they need is more food.
But we can’t get complacent. Stop at any motorway service area or sit on a pavement cafe and watch. How many buggies, walking sticks and frames do you see? These indigenous folks may have helped Britain grow in the twentieth century but they can’t help us now. We need all the hungry thirty year olds we can attract and we’ll just have to find somewhere to put them.
But, I have to admit, the numbers are scary. Can you move over a bit. That’s my square foot you’re encroaching on.