Migration Watch UK

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Migration Watch UK is a British anti-immigrationist website. Launched in 2001 by the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Andrew Green, it demands a drastic reduction in the number of immigrants out of concern for overpopulating the insular state.

According to the website, the net immigration to Great Britain under the Labour government from 1997 to 2009 amounted to an average of 200,000 people per year (see also New Labour and mass immigration). A total of about 3 million foreigners moved during this period to Great Britain, 80% of which were coming from outside Europe. However, England is along with the Netherlands already the territorial state with the highest population density in Europe. Migration Watch UK projects a population increase until 2028 of 7 million people, 5 million of which immigrants, to a total of 70 million inhabitants.

Migration Watch UK calls for keeping the population in Britain below the mark of 70 million, which would require to place a limit on the number of immigrants to approximately 40,000 people per year. An e-petition to the British House of Commons, which Green successfully initiated to this end in 2012, prompted the government to respond "that the public feel strongly that immigration is too high and that this government should continue its work to bring numbers under control."[1]

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  1. HM government. E-petition: No to 70 million, retrieved 10 May 2013