Net immigration to remain in the hundreds of thousands in Britain

The Tories have no plans to cut immigration by tens of thousands, arguing that further waves of foreign labor are needed to prevent the government from raising taxes even further.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which consulted Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s globalist government, net migration will continue to remain in the hundreds of thousands over the next few years, forecasting another 224,000 migrants in 2023 and around 205,000 a year from 2026 .This will add to the more than 300,000 foreigners expected to immigrate to the UK this year.

The OBR estimated that the effect would see Britain’s adult population increase by around 400,000 by 2028, which it claimed would result in an additional £6bn to £7bn in taxes collected by the government.

Sources at the Treasury, effectively run by anti-Brexit Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt, confirmed to Times of London that the government has accepted the OBR’s predictions – meaning Hunt’s faction has likely won over pro-Brexit home secretary, immigration hawk Suella Braverman, who has previously said she will seek to finally implement the repeatedly broken promise of Tories to cut net immigration to tens of thousands.

In 2017, former chancellor George Osborne admitted that the party leadership had never intended to keep their public promise to reduce immigration and that privately they didn’t even believe in the policy.

Mr Hunt claimed the UK needed “immigration for years to come” in order to supposedly boost economic growth and reduce the government’s need to impose more taxes on the public.

The finance chief told BBC Radio 4 Today program that the Home Secretary “absolutely bought into” the pro-mass immigration agenda, saying: “Her priority is to reduce illegal immigration and tackle the small boat issue” and that while illegal immigration must be tackled, legal mass immigration has “A very positive role”.

However, Migration Watch UK chairman Alp Mehmet questioned the supposed positive benefits for the economy, saying: “GDP may increase, but GDP per capita will stay where it is. And any benefits will be canceled out by population growth, as the OBR said in 2014.’

Nick Timothy, Theresa May’s former chief of staff, has done so before was observed that “[i]If low-skilled immigrants made countries richer, we’d be at the top of the growth charts for the last quarter of a century.”

After Brexit, the immigration system was overhauled by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who introduced a points-based system – which effectively did not set a fixed limit on numbers, unlike the Australian system which told the public it would be based on the standard.

At the same time, Johnson opened more roads to immigrants from around the world. The move, widely seen as a betrayal of the Brexit movement, resulted in a record 1.1 million visas being issued to foreigners last year alone.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who said during the summer leadership contest to replace Johnson — who he lost — that he would seek to reduce immigration, failed to commit to a fixed annual amount and actually appears to be aiming to double the GDP first open borders approach that has come to define the Conservative Party.

The Office for Budget Responsibility claimed that with the rest of the economy expected to contract in the coming years, “only higher-than-expected immigration adds substantially to the prospects for potential output growth.”

While there may be growth for the balance sheets of large companies and the stock market, the same “growth” is unlikely to be felt in the wallets of the average citizen. Indeed, the British worker faces the biggest drop in disposable income on record, while tax rises and the looming recession are expected to see workers lose £15,000 in pay rises over the next five years.

The steady level of mass immigration over the past 20-plus years has kept wages virtually stagnant, while the cost of housing and other goods has skyrocketed. In 2020, the Migration Observatory admitted that the effects of mass immigration are “not evenly distributed” in the UK, with “low-paid workers most likely to lose out” in terms of wage erosion.

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