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The UK population is on course to reach 70 million within 16 years, fuelled by the number of migrants coming to the country, figures showed today. Issue date: Wednesday October 26, 2011. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the UK was set to reach the milestone by mid-2027. See PA story POLITICS Population.

According to data released by MigrationUK, there are an increasing number of children born with foreign nationals as parent(s) in the UK. In fact, apparently two-thirds of the population in London has actually been conceived by foreign-born parents. The report also states that two of every three newborns in the city has at least one foreign-born parent. Essentially, 65 per cent of all births (86,111) in 2010 in London had one of the parents who were of foreign origin. From a national perspective, 1 in babies has a parent born abroad.

The report added that in 1991, 5.8 per cent of the UK population was born overseas. In 2010, 56 percent of new mothers were born outside British territories. This increased to 11.8 per cent in 2011.

In 2010, the net migration from European Union (EU) nations stood at 770,000, with 26 per cent of that count falling in the non-British category. The net migration, from 1997 to 2010 of non-British nationals from different parts of the world was 3.5 million.

Other factors that are a cause for concern with regard to migration are the effects large-scale immigration has on job creation and availability. It is worrying to note that there were 4.1 million non-UK-born job seekers; that figure had no impact on the number of Brits left unemployed from the age of 16 and above - 320,000. The data pointed out that of the bulk of the population that found work in the UK, a third of them were from countries other than the EU or Britain.

The growing instance of migration could further aggravate the availability of land with as many as 232,000 houses required to be built on a year-on-year basis. Apparently 36 per cent of the houses required will be for immigrating populations.

There are parties within the UK that do not wish for illegal immigrants or asylum seekers to be given health care and education facilities. On the other hand, neighboring EU countries are usually kinder to immigrant populations, with an overwhelming 60 per cent wishing to help provide education and health care to immigrant populations.

"We need two hurdles for immigrants. One to decide whether they can come here to work and a second to decide whether they can settle down, get citizenship and start a family," former Labour Minister Frank Field, of the Balanced Migration Group, said.

Finally, public opinion, according to statistics, do not seem to keen on allowing increasing migration populations to move to the UK. An astronomical 94 per cent of those surveyed felt the numbers of immigrants were worrying. An additional 78 per cent believe the government needs to increase checks on incoming migrants and 68 per cent believe immigration has a negative effect on Britain.