MORE than a half a million immigrants entered the country in one year, leading to the UK having the biggest population boom in Europe. The UK ' s population grew to 63.7 million, with the highest birth rate since 1972 contributing to the rise. Migration from overseas accounted for 517,800 of the population flow into the UK while 352,100 people left the country, putting net migration at 165,600 for the year. Many of the migrants to the UK are from China, India, Germany, USA, Pakistan, Poland and Australia. The overall population growth was 419,900, with 254,400 more births than deaths pushing the UK to becoming the third largest EU nation behind Germany and France.
The results of this increase in population can be felt in communities up and down the country as public services struggle to cope with the increase in demand. Nigel Farage
Ukip leader Nigel Farage said the figures showed the failure of the Government " to get a grip on immigration into this country ". He said: " The results of this increase in population can be felt in communities up and down the country as public services struggle to cope with the increase in demand. " At the same time we face cuts to front line services and send billions of pounds abroad in foreign aid. " And this is before Romanian and Bulgarian citizens have full access to the UK come January next year. The estimated population of England now stands at 53.5 million, 5.3 million in Scotland, 3.1 million in Wales and 1.8 million in Northern Ireland.
The Office for National Statistics(ONS) released the figures which cover the 12 months up to June 2012. It noted that the birth increases are being driven by large numbers of women in their 20s and 30s who are becoming mothers along with an increase in the number of migrant families in the UK. The number of non UK - born mothers is about 26 per cent, the ONS said. A drop in the smoking habit plus improvements to health treatments for circulatory illnesses has seen more men living past the 75 - year marker. This is why the number of men aged 75 and over in the UK has increased by just over 26%, or 422,353, since mid - 2001 to 2,043, 034 now. A 104,000 surge in London ' s population accounts for around a quarter of the UK ' s 419,900 population growth. Together London, the South East and the East of England accounted for 53 per cent of growth across the UK in the year while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland jointly accounted for 8 per cent. More people from other parts of the UK moved to the
South East than any other region, leading to a 26,000 increase in the area. London saw the greatest numbers on the move within the UK with a net loss of more than 51,000 people who moved out, largely to the South East and East of England, the ONS data records. The city proved to be top choice for international migrants arriving in the UK as London recorded a net international migration of 69,000 - the highest of all regions. Northern Ireland had the lowest net migration growth of around 400, the ONS said. London also had the largest natural change of all regions as it recorded 86,000 more births than deaths in the past year while Scotland had the lowest with 4,200 more births than deaths.