Immigration to the United Kingdom is predicted to increase by 45,000 more than previously expected per year over the next 20 years.
As recent as 2005, an average of 145,000 migrants to Britain per year were expected. That figure is now revised to 190,000 per year over the next two decades. A surge in migrants from eastern Europe is credited for the increase (or blamed – depending upon your perspective).
Blamed seems to be the government's perspective, with the current Immigration Minister,Byrne, using the revised figures to show the need for new legislation.
See New figures show rate of immigration rising by 45,000 each year, AFP, September 28, 2007, for more information.