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Tuesday 11th December 2012 | 11:05
UKIP press release
Figures released today from the 2011 census show that the make up of the United Kingdom has changed since 2001. 7.5 million people who were born abroad now live in the UK, up by 2.9 million in a decade, from 9% to 13%. The percentage of those who consider themselves 'White British' in the country has dropped from 87% to 80%.
"These are significant numbers", said Nigel Farage MEP, the UKIP leader, "and they give serious pause for thought."
"They prove that this Government, and its predecessors, have completely lost the plot when it comes to the state of migration in our country. At no time, and in no manifesto did any of the establishment parties tell the people that this was happening. At no time, and in no manifesto did they ever ask permission for this vast change to our social make up.
"All we have seen is the wringing of hands and the desperate hope that none would notice".
"People do notice. They notice when social services are put under strain, they notice when the Government demands the right to build on 1,500 square miles to provide new housing to deal with the population growth, they notice when wages are depressed and the dole queue grows".
"The bottom line is that we have to get serious about migration. We have to take back control of our borders. And the only way to do that is to withdraw from the European Union which now decides who, and who does not have the right to live here".