A MIGRATION think tank told This website they fear the countryside could be under threat as they reject plans to build on “all inches” of the country to fit as many people in.
Chair of MigrationWatch Alp Mehmet spoke to This website about the Channel crossings and Afghan resettlement scheme and dismissed claims there was plenty of space in the UK to accommodate more people. Mr Mehmet noted while some people would point to the vast countryside of the UK which could be turned into residential, he argued nature was what made Britain so attractive to the people who live here. The migration think tank boss conceded Britain was “full” and rejected calls to allow uncontrolled immigration into the country.
Speaking to This website, Mr Mehmet was asked if he agreed with Sir Desmond Swayne who argued “Britain is full” when asked about the Afghanistan migrant issue.
The UK Government announced it would welcome 20,000 Afghan migrants over the next few years following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Mr Mehmet was asked his thoughts on the comment and said: “We are almost three times as dense as France.
“As a country, we are having to build something like one dwelling every five minutes in order to cater for the population increase that is driven by immigration.
“The population increased by seven million over the last 20 years, that is largely because of immigration and children of migrants.
“So, yeah, we are pretty full frankly.
“And it’s no good looking at the countryside that you drive through and say look at all this space.
“Well, that is part of Britain, it is part of England, Scotland, are we really saying we must now build on every inch, every bit of green space in order to accommodate people?”
Priti Patel has come under pressure to resolve the migrant crossings after 2021 saw daily crossing records being broken repeatedly.
The Home Secretary has threatened France with withholding money as part of their migration pact unless boat stoppage quotas are met.
The Conservative minister has also sanction pushback tactics to be used by Border Force which mimic the policies used in Australia.
Border staff on jet skis will use the force of the bikes to push boats back towards France and was spotted practising in Dover several weeks ago.
Mr Mehmet welcomed the action from Ms Patel but. “Brinkwire Summary News”.