A new report commissioned by the Home Office to access migration on a local scale has showed that Fenland experienced some of the highest rates of migration in the years leading up to 2011.
Expanding on the 2011 Census, it gives a unique snapshot of migration flows and shows that half of people in England and Wales live in areas which have experienced high levels of migration over the preceding decade.
A press release issued by the Home Office says its findings support the action the Government has taken since then to bring immigration back under control.
This comes as the government launches consultations on the Immigration Bill, looking at foreign nationals’ access to health services and the private rental sector.
Immigration Minister, Mark Harper said: “This report highlights the significant impact high levels of migration have had on UK communities. It emphasises the importance of protecting our public services and taking a robust approach against those who come here to exploit our welfare system.
“It is based on research from 2011 and, since then, we have drastically reformed our immigration system, bringing net migration down to its lowest levels in a decade.
“The report’s conclusions also highlight why the Immigration Bill is so important, on a local as well as national level. This is why we have started consulting on a number of policies targeting the real problems facing the immigration system today.”
The Social Impacts of Migration report, which draws on statistical analysis of a wide-range of data, along with the views and expertise of eight local authorities and more than 80 experts, groups Fenland with areas such as Dover, Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Rugby, West Lancashire, Taunton, Pembrokeshire and Wellingborough, which all have similar migration backgrounds. This group typically experiences high numbers of migrants from the EU Accession countries, but below average levels of migration from other countries, says the report.
Mr Harper added: “We are proud of our history as a welcoming nation and our migrant communities have played a central role in moulding the rich and diverse society that we live in today.
“While we have always recognised and believed in the benefits of immigration, uncontrolled immigration causes a number of problems. If we do not implement the proper controls, communities can be damaged, resources will be stretched and the benefits that immigration can bring are lost or forgotten.”