British secretary says 'immigration is damaging Britain'

British Home Secretary May says mass immigration is damaging British society

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Photo by: AFP

British Home Secretary Theresa May said on Tuesday in a speech which aimed to calm the voters’ worries about the government’s failure to control the country's borders “mass immigration is damaging British society”.

"Levels of immigration seen over the last 10 years were not in the national interest," May said at the ruling Conservative Party's annual conference, adding "When immigration is too high, when the pace of change is too fast, it's impossible to build a cohesive society."

According to local media reports, May said that the mass immigration strains public services like schools and hospitals and drives down wages and pushes some people out of work.

A net 330,000 people moved to Britain in the year to March 2015, up 40 percent on the same period a year ago, official data recently released said. It is far above the 100,000 level the British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised.

The numbers have triggered the support for the parties against immigration and is seen as a factor that may persuade Britons to vote to leave the European Union at a planned in/out referendum on the country's membership by the end of 2017.

TRTWorld and agencies