News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Unlimited Immigration isn't working

New figures released by HM Customs & Revenue reveal that 2.5 million people have come to work in the UK over the last 5 years. The figure is based on the number of new National Insurance numbers issued to foreigners.

Damian Green, Conservative MP for Ashford and Shadow Immigration Minister said that the "huge" and "accelerating" figures were "extraordinary" and should be cut. He added, "The benefits of immigration will be lost among the social and economic difficulties caused by the sheer scale of the current numbers."

I certainly agree. The figures show that the number of people coming to the UK has increased in each of the last five years, hitting a phenomenal 713,000 in the year to April 2007. That's more than 1.1% of the population of Britain and is clearly unsustainable. Of course, the figures don't tell us what proportion of the immigrants don't even speak English. I fear that many of them will be in that category, thus putting additional strain on the already overstretched public services. Other figures also reveal a higher birth rate amongst immigrant communities, contributing to a shortage of midwives and meaning that the native population is being increasingly marginalised in parts of the country.

Lib Dem spokesman Nick Clegg disagrees. He said that the 16% increase in east European imigrants "are only coming to Britain because they are successfully providing services and doing jobs available in the British economy to the benefit of British consumers." I'll remember that next time I'm offered a Big Issue by the Eastern European immigrant in Sandgate Road!

The fact remains that as of 17th April this year there were 7.9 million people of working age who were not in work. At the weekend, Damian Collins (Conservative PPC for Folkestone & Hythe) told the 81 attendees at the Hythe East curry lunch that within Shepway, the number of people in that category in Shepway had increased by an unbelievable 74%, at a time of supposed prosperity and full employment. The whole situation of mass immigration and disguised unemployment is a fiasco of Labour's making. Much of it is the responsibility of Gordon Brown himself.

The figures for the year to April 2007 reveal that most of the 713,000 immigrants came from the EU - 321,000 from the new eastern European members and 103,000 from older countries. Non EU countries account for the remaining 292,000, with Asia leading the fray at 145,000, then Africa at 61,000, Oceania 33,000, The Americas 32,000 and 16,000 from non-EU Europe. I should declare an interest: my fiancee, Corissa, is Canadian, so will have counted towards the 2.5 million total. Of course it's not all one way - 10% of Britons live overseas, with popular destinations including Spain, France, Australia, Canada and the USA.

Damian Green points to the need to reduce the number of immigrants for the sake of stability. He argues that the focus should be on the non-EU immigrants. I'm not sure that I agree with that. Many of the immigrants from within the EU are unable to speak English and become a burden on their new communities in the UK. I see this as an argument for a loosening of relations with the EU. It's time to restore our border controls. Most imporantly, immigration from the EU is unchecked, so there's no way to know who is here and who isn't. That needs redressing. Mass movement within Europe is not working, and I believe it will all end in tears. At least many of the non-EU immigrants are from English-speaking countries, ensuring that the new immgrants do not unnecessarily burden public facilities with the cost of translation. Many of them will also be from Commonwealth countries, so they may be more culturally similar to the existing population than those from our nearer neighbours.


P Blackburn said...

How can you say so surely that it's unsustainable? Clearly you haven't the slightest clue about the sustainability of the fluctuation of interest rates and the protection of the economy using the cheap labour brought, of which often over-qualified. Pipe down.

Dan Hassett said...

I'm really not too sure what you were trying to say there. It doesn't make complete sense.

Your point about over-qualified cheap labour rather backs up my point though - if the economy could handle the influx of immigrants, they would be working in well paid jobs for which they are qualified, instead of selling the Big Issue.

I can assure you that I have no intention of piping down either. It may suit your brainwashed little loony-left world if those of us in the silent majority were prevented from expressing opinions, but I'll continue to do my best to ensure that the debate continues until common sense prevails. That's the English/British way.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh just goes to show you Tory scum might have a new leader but the supporters are still the sane little englanders