Despite the 1962 legislation, Asian Kenyans were able to emigrate to the UK as their passports were issued by London, meaning they were free to enter Britain. As the situation for the large Asian polupation in Kenya was bad, many choose to go to the UK. By 1968, about 80,000 Kenyan Asians had arrived in the UK. This influx of immigrants caused further debate about immigration. Edward Heath, the Conservative leader, warned of ‘serious social consequenes’ if Kenyan Asians were to come ‘at a rate which could not be satisfactorily absorbed’.