Read JCWI’s letter published by the Times Online, responding to Lord Carey’s comments: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/letters/article6986979.ece
Sir, Lord Carey argues that those who question his support for the cross-party group on immigration do not want a debate. We wish only that such a debate is based on fact and not supposition.
The claim that the population in Britain will reach 70 million by 2029 is pure supposition. The Office for National Statistics figures on which this is based assumes that the rate of immigration for the past decade — which arises largely from the accession of 12 countries to the EU in times of economic growth — will be replicated in the next decade.
Lord Carey also expresses concern about Britain’s “overstretched resources”. The reality is that migrants are net contributors to the public purse.
On average they pay more tax and use fewer public services than nationals. This means that they actually subsidise services for UK nationals.
The NHS could not function without immigration: a third of doctors and dentists qualified abroad and 49 per cent of nurses in London were born outside the UK.
Unfortunately, Lord Carey’s contribution to the debate is being used by the far-right BNP. His comments are quoted admiringly on its website with the phrase: “No, that’s not Nick Griffin speaking, but none other than Lord Carey of Clifton.”
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants