How many people should we invite into the UK each year?

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By John Redwood.

The ONS says: “In the year ending June 2022 long term immigration into the UK was estimated at around 1.1 million.

“This is an estimated increase of 435,000 compared to the year end June 2021 (628,000).”

The net figure after allowing for people who left the UK was 504,000. This included 89,000 from Ukraine, 21,000 from Afghanistan, 35,000 illegally via small boats and 224,000 from the EU.

You would have thought given these huge numbers the Remain supporters would be thrilled that so many were still coming from the EU and Ukraine, and business would be delighted that so many came legally on work visas.

Instead both these groups complain that 1.1 million is not enough and we should be making it even easier for people to come here to work.

They need to tell us how we are going to offer all these new arrivals decent housing, and set out how much all this costs established taxpayers resident here.  

They need to tell us how we are going to offer all these new arrivals decent housing, and set out how much all this costs established taxpayers resident here.

Certainly the net increase of 504,000 needs a large number of additional homes to be added to the housing stock.

Arguably the 1.1 million need extra homes as the homes vacated by those leaving may not be in the right places or at the right price for the incomers. The incomers tend to want cheaper housing in the hot jobs areas in London and the southeast where property is dear.

I favour more realistic controls on numbers as we used to have. We are well behind on providing sufficient homes. Now the Bank of England has driven long interest rates up so much to bring the housing market down there will be a bigger shortfall in housing provision.

Let us know your thoughts. Please leave a comment below.


The Rt Hon John Redwood is the Conservative MP for Wokingham, and has been an MP continuously since 11 June 1987.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. We should only allow immigrants that can fill our labour shortfall, Doctors, Nurses, health care workers and farm labour. There are thousands of houses owned by private landlords unused and boarded up. Give the landlords 3 months to open up and let the properties. If they don’t comply, the local council should be able to take the properties from them and let them out as social housing.

  2. “How many people should we invite into the UK each year?”

    We should not be inviting anybody into the UK at all. The country is full.

    We need to expelling the illegal immigrants and the deviants and the malcontents and the whiners. England should be for the English and the English alone.

    Just say no to multiculturalism and foreigners — that is why we voted for Brexit to take back control of our country but the ConSocialist government has completely betrayed the people.

  3. We need largely to stop immigration apart from hard cases and limit abortion, so that the nation renews herself in all her talents. Since 1973 the birthrate has been below replacement level.

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