The Home Office was fiddling immigration figures prior to Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood ” speech and his expose of what they were doing was the real reason for his sacking by the then Prime Minister Edward Heath.
That was 50 years ago.
In the 1990s, we had a shortage of dentists and construction workers.
The then Labour Government predicted that 13,000 Poles would come to the UK and that all our troubles would be over. In reality, the figure was 1 million as evidenced by school admissions of children of Poles and the number of notes and coins in circulation.
Half those Poles returned but were replaced by other Eastern Europeans plus people from outside Europe.
The then Labour Government brought in E-Borders a Raytheon system from America to “count people into and out of the country”.
As of this writing , despite the best efforts of BT Global Services and Tech Mahendra (One of BT Global Services outsourcing partners from India), E-Borders is still not fully operational everywhere.
We lost the UK’s coastal protection vessel in 2012 so we have no way of counting people in and out of the UK especially as there are no checkpoints in places like Victoria Coach station.
The official population according to ONS is 63.5 million but the number of notes and coins in circulation,the amount of food sold in supermarkets and the number of mid-term school registrations suggests that the real figure is 70 million.
With 19 million more NI numbers than there are people in the workforce and the ease with which passports and other documentation can be purchased in rogue mosques and through other nefarious sources suggests why illegal immigration is running at 250,000 a year.
The Romanians and Bulgarians will simply add to the problem and nothing will be done to effect real control