Saturday, September 22, 2007

It's about time - Government to publish immigration analysis

The first comprehensive official analysis of the impact of migration on public services and British life will be published next month, Liam Byrne, the immigration minister, promised yesterday.

The study, by the Migration Impacts Forum, is expected to identify where public services, including housing, health, education and policing, are struggling to cope. It is also expected to publish a report on challenges to community cohesion prepared by Rodney Green, chief executive of Leicester city council, which has been projected to become Europe's first city with a non-white majority population within three years.

The findings from the group assessing the social impact of migration will influence this autumn's local government spending round and the operation, from April, of an Australian-style points-based immigration system.

It will also audit the impact of the current restrictions on the migration of Romanians and Bulgarians to Britain.

It’s about time they did something like this. We deserve to know what years of unrestricted immigration has done to this country. We already know that Swindown is planning to open 11 new primary schools to deal with the population boom which means after a few years they are going to have to open many more secondary schools just to deal with immigration.

There is so much immigration in this country that Peterborough is crumbling under the stress of so many immigrants. From health to schools to the fundamental character of the city, virtually every aspect of life has been affected.

And – like any city where different communities live cheek-by-jowl – there have been problems.

In 2004 groups of Pakistani residents clashed with Afghan and Iraqi asylum-seekers in running street battles which saw cars and houses set alight and windows smashed.

Up to 200 youths went on the rampage and police officers from across the county were drafted in to separate the warring factions.

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