When Britain becomes “majority minority”

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When Britain becomes “majority minority”


If current immigration levels continue, white Britons will be in a minority in the UK in little more than 50 years—within the lifespan of most young adults alive today

Public disquiet at the scale of immigration into Britain featured strongly in the last general election campaign, and almost certainly helped to decide its outcome. Despite that, most of us  realise that migration for work, family, retirement, study and other purposes is normal and desirable in any civilised country. Most Britons have valued friends, colleagues or helpers who are immigrants. But the inflows of the last decade have been more sudden and on a bigger scale than ever before. The consequent increases in population and changes in its composition have caused concern about economic opportunities, housing, local character and national identity. Moreover, if inflows continue on a similar scale they will transform the demography of this country.

The most recent, 2008, official projections, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are extraordinary. As recently as 1998, the ONS projected that the UK population would peak at about 65m in

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  1. November 19, 2010


    This will no doubt be picked up by the popular press. It coincides with the story that Labour increased immigration over the last 10 years in order to increase Labour votes (I’m still not sure how accurate this story is), the poppy burning story, the compensation to Guantanamo detainees and recent discoveries of cargo bombs. I’ve noticed the increase in rabid anti- immigrant responses on some journalistic sites.In spite of the urgent need to deal with the financial crisis, the current government really need to get a grip on this situation. The inevitable rise in unemployment and the planned benefit cuts will exacerbate the anger. I fear the lid is about to blow off.

  2. July 5, 2012

    Archie Wedderspoon

    The English seem to be fleeing to Australia in ever-increasing numbers.

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David Coleman

David Coleman is a professor of demographics at Oxford University and an adviser to MigrationWatch 

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