Rishi Sunak faced mounting pressure last night as it emerged that migrants will account for 92 per cent of Britain’s population explosion in the coming years.
Data from the Office for National Statistics indicates that higher-than-expected immigration figures are set to see the numbers living in the UK grow by 6.6 million to 73.7 million by 2036.
According to the projections, net migration will hit 315,000 a year from 2028 onwards – putting a strain on public services.
While the population is projected to rise from the current estimated 67 million to more than 70 million by mid-2026, the ONS figures show a further increase to 73.7 million by the middle of the next decade.
The 9.9 per cent hike includes net inward migration of 6.1 million, as well as 541,000 more births than deaths.
Critics last night likened the population increase to ‘five cities the size of Birmingham’.
Others claimed the figures showed the Government needed swift action to prevent a looming crisis and called on Mr Sunak to deliver on his pledge to bring migration down.
It came as James Cleverly confirmed that foreign care workers will be barred from bringing their family with them to Britain in less than six weeks.
Writing exclusively in the Mail, the Home Secretary said: ‘Our system needs to be fair, and it needs to be seen to be fair.
‘I’ve been clear that migration is too high and we must get back to sustainable levels. The British people want to see action, not words.’
Former home secretary Suella Braverman said: ‘These numbers are too high, placing pressure on schools, the NHS and housing.
Recent government measures will help a bit but they’re very late. We need a cap on overall numbers so we can hold government to account and fix this problem.’
Her comments were echoed by Robert Jenrick, who resigned as immigration minister over the Government’s watered-down Rwanda asylum plans.