Friday, 30 June 2017

Immigration's effects on housing in the UK

If you listen to the BBC and its fellow travellers on the left of British politics then every immigrant to the UK brings increased prosperity and no negative impacts at all.

Oddly the facts are at variance with this:

'Nearly half a million immigrants have been given taxpayer-funded homes over the past decade. The revelation comes as the number of families on the waiting list for social housing hits a record 1.8million.

Of the four million migrants who arrived between 2001 and 2011, 469,843 were allocated council or housing association properties.
New figures reveal 469,843 of the 4million migrants who arrived in the UK between 2001 and 2011 were given council homes.

Around 1.2million foreigners now live in social housing – one in eight of the total. In London the figure is thought to be as high as one in five. '

Read more: at The Mail , definitely not on the pro-immigration BBC.

1 comment:

Gardy Loo said...

Of course the negative impacts are far wider than that.

Firstly most migrants want to live in already crowded parts of the UK e.g. London and the South East where there the jobs are. So the proportionate effect is much higher than the overall figure would suggest (ie if it's taking 10% of social housing units nationally, it's taking 20% or more in London).

Secondly, many social housing units are being illegally let to migrants, as the recent tragic fire in Grenfell Tower has shown.

Finally, mass immigration is driving our unprecedented population increase, which is in turn pushing up housing demand and so rents.