But we who paid for it got below market rates for the properties, the people who bought them often could have afforded to live elsewhere and flipped the properties quickly. Now we are being asked to pay again to replace the ones we shouldn't have sold. The biggest losers by far are people on low earnings doing worthwhile jobs in the community and whom languish on waiting lists continually being pushed further down by new entrants whilst we house the EU's transients. The countries with largest number of foreign-born residents in 2016 were Germany (11.6 million), the UK (8.8 million), France (7.9 million), Spain (5.9 million), and Italy (5.9 million Great, lots of them do wonderful work and make a positive contribution but whatever your leanings they didn't bring a house with them. The answer has to be stricter requirements for social housing which are regularly re-checked and shorter tenancies.