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Friday, 1 November 2013

£3.7bn a year bill for illegal immigrants' health and education

Illegal immigrants use £3.7billion worth of taxpayer-funded health and education services every year, figures out yesterday suggest.

Campsite: Roma gipsies in
London's Park Lane in July.
A new report suggests
there are now 200,000 Roma
migrants iving in the UK

Each one taking advantage of Britain’s free NHS and schools costs the Treasury £4,250 per year, a Home Office report reveals. The figures underline the true cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers and emerged as ministers admitted their controversial ‘go home’ vans led to just 11 illegals volunteering to leave the country.

The UK’s huge bill for funding education and health for illegal immigrants was condemned by campaigners last night and prompted calls for further action to deal with the scale of illegal immigration.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think tank said: 
‘This is a stunning figure which previous governments have covered up for far too long.
‘It amounts to six times the cost to the taxpayer of the entire immigration system. So the case for a firm crackdown on illegals is absolutely undeniable.’
Latest figures suggest the illegal population living in the UK may be as high as 863,000. When combined with the per person cost of around £4,000 estimated by the Home Office, the statistics suggest an annual public services cost of £3.67billion – nearly half the annual police budget for England and Wales.

The controversial advertising vans were used over several days this summer in London boroughs where high numbers of illegal immigrants are thought to live.

They carried the slogan ‘go home or face arrest’ and gave a hotline telephone number to call.

Home Secretary Theresa May has already said the vans were ‘too much of a blunt instrument’ and their use will not be extended across the country. Only 11 illegals contacted the Home Office as a result of seeing the vans and have been removed.


Britain has one of the largest Roma populations in Western Europe with around 200,000 living here, an authoritative report shows. Migrants have doubled the size of Britain’s gipsy and traveller population, researchers said yesterday.

It contradicts Government claims that ‘relatively few Roma citizens’ had set up up home in this country.

The study’s ‘conservative’ and ‘increasing’ figure is four times the 49,000 number estimated four years ago in a report for the Department for Children, Schools and Families. It comes amid concerns at the prospect of a new wave of migration when restrictions on workers from Romania and Bulgaria are relaxed in January.

Areas where most Roma people have settled include Yorkshire, the North West and the Midlands, the study by Salford University of data from more than 150 councils found.

It said the term Roma applied to ‘a wide diversity’ of groups in eastern Europe, including gipsies.

Large-scale Roma migration, the researchers said, may have begun with the boom in numbers of people seeking asylum in the late 1990s.

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