‘Too many immigrants will harm society’, says home secretary

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Mass migration will make it ‘impossible to build a cohesive society’, Theresa May will say.

Millions of people from poorer nations want to live in Britain but there is a limit to the amount of migrants the country can take, the home secretary will say. Mrs May has also announced that the government will stop European Union nationals from making asylum claims in Britain.

In a speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, she will say the ‘desire for a better life is perfectly understandable’. She will add: “There are millions of people in poorer countries who would love to live in Britain, and there is a limit to the amount of immigration any country can and should take.

It comes after Donna Jones, Tory leader of Portsmouth City Council, urged the government to place more controls on the amount of refugees coming into Portsmouth.

She wrote to immigrations minister James Brokenshire urging more areas in the south-east be used to take people in as she feels the city is bearing a lot of burden.

Cllr Jones said that from April to June 2015, 124 asylum seekers had been housed in Portsmouth - 43 per cent of the south east total.

Ahead of today’s Tory conference, Mrs May said: ‘While we must fulfil our moral duty to help people in desperate need, we must also have an immigration system that allows us to control who comes to our country.

‘Because when immigration is too high, when the pace of change is too fast, it’s impossible to build a cohesive society. It’s difficult for schools and hospitals and core infrastructure like housing and transport to cope. And we know that for people in low-paid jobs, wages are forced down even further while some people are forced out of work altogether.

‘But even if we could manage all the consequences of mass immigration, Britain does not need net migration in the hundreds of thousands every year.’