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Continued increase in population here an issue which will eventually dwarf the fiasco over RHI

letter of the day: mass immigration

While the Northern Ireland public is coming to grips with the financial implications over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), I believe a more serious issue is looming on the horizon: a political tsunami will erupt over immigration that will dwarf the RHI fiasco.

The Northern Ireland Statistics Agency provides the population estimates for Northern Ireland at mid-2014 (1.8m) and mid-2015 (1.9m).

Projecting these figures forward, the population of Northern Ireland has already passed the 2m mark. By the time the UK finally leaves the EU at the end of 2018, the population here will have reached an estimated 2.25m.

If this figure, or anywhere near it, is reached, then it can be concluded that the social fabric of Northern Ireland will be at breaking point on matters such as social housing, schooling, health services and GP care, while the benefits system in all its facets will likely collapse for the lack of money - only being rescued by further reductions in personal payments to those citizens in most need.

It would not be unreasonable to suggest that the yearly increase of 100,000 from 2014 to 2015 has and will continue and is attributed in the main to immigration of EU nationals.

It is not surprising that the Polish prime minister, on her recent visit to Downing Street, advised Theresa May that British schools should start teaching the Polish language.

After the incompetence and shambles over the Renewable Heating Incentive, will our politicians, in their collective irresponsibility, be up to the challenges, without relying on artificial intelligence to deal with mass immigration into Northern Ireland? I doubt it.


Bangor, Co Down

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