The population of Gateshead and Newcastle settled in the UK last year

New figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show that net immigration into the UK rose to 318,000 during 2014, an increase of 109,000 on the year before. The total immigration figure stands at 641,000. These troubling figures come despite continuous pledges by the Conservatives and David Cameron to reduce immigration to less than 100,000 per year.

UKIP’s North East MEP, Jonathan Arnott said “Yet again we see figures that highlight the continuing and growing problem of uncontrolled mass immigration. The numbers of people that have settled in the UK last year are greater than the population of Gateshead and Newcastle combined, it’s ludicrous.

“People all across the North East are seeing a huge strain on our public services. It affects everything from getting GP appointments to finding school places for our children, not to mention the huge impact such numbers have on rent prices and jobs.

“The free movement of people from the EU to the UK must be halted, and a sensible points-based system introduced not only cope with the strain on our services, but to ensure we get the right quality of people settling in the UK.”

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