Friday, 29 November 2019
Migration: the view from Canada
I have a second cousine living in Canada who seems to be more clued up on UK affairs than most of us here. i think she gets it from "The Economist," - harly a raveing left-wing source. She writes:
Cousin Peter, Hello
I think another blog issue. Net Migration to the UK
NET in-migration from EU countries ONLY 48,000 !!! Down from 200,000.
[And even that wasn't many.] So the fear of "those dreadful Romanians" which prompted people to vote LEAVE, is no longer an issue. 48,000 in a country of 70 MILLION !!! A well-attended Football game perhaps.
Reasons. (Which you already know)
Eastern EU countries (recently joined the EU) are now economically
"getting on" themselves (with massive EU subsidies - eg to Poland,
Lithuania -I might add)
The low Pound - they say - "Hey why bother cleaning hospital floors in
Tooting Bec, when the pound isn't worth anything to "send home", and
living 4 to a room in London". They go back to their families. Low
skilled low wage people, that is.
"Stable" high paid EU people in long term jobs in the UK are getting fed up with Brexit and moving back to Continental Europe - "I can be an Italian Chef in Marseilles or Lyons, just as easily: and a better
climate", says Giovanni.
The British Business Community/Federation are panicking saying they NEED EU skilled tradesmen like plumbers and electricians, everyday
wheelbarrow pushers and diggers, especially in the Building industry
-not just "the Brightest and the Best" architects and engineers. (As per
some Party "new" proposed immigration rules)
And then (also today) is the Report from the IFS (Institute of Fiscal
Studies) saying "every" Party's Manifesto figures are misleading. I
think I recall them saying something like: Labour's long term spending
to "get things fair and efficient" might be 60 billion over many many
years. The IFS said a Conservative"No Deal" would plunge the UK into a deficit of a similar amount !! 60 billion loss, in no time at all
I hope you're keeping your nerve.
I received the above yesterday from M's Canadian outpost. She's way ahead of the Guardian, who only today report the fall to 48 000 of EU migrant numbers. You can see the details here. What the Guardian's graph doesn't show is that the fall in migration from the EU 27 is more or less made up for by increasing numbers from the rest of the worlds, over whom we do have control( and many of whom have skin colours other than pink. )
Funny old world in which yo have to be careful what you wish for.
Personally I'm jolly glad to have been born and live in a country that people want to come to rather than escape from, and to have had the privilege of living and working in three other different cultures where I hope I've made a small contribution akin to the sort of positive contribution immigrants from other countries and cultures make here.