The inconvenient fact that “they” are coming to the UK because it is seen as a growing economy - those same papers that whine about immigration love to trumpet the Government’s spin on its record - and that “they” are prepared to work hard, therefore contributing to that economic growth as part of a virtuous circle that improves matters for everyone, is of course not told to the readers.
The Mail was equally horrified: “A new wave of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria is behind the increase in the number of Europeans coming into Britain … Citizens of the two states, which joined the EU in 2007, now make up almost one in ten of all UK immigrants … Romania ranks behind only India and China as the country sending the most migrants to this country, an Office for National Statistics report said yesterday”.
A good job the Scots, Welsh and Irish paid no attention to Little Englander propaganda isn't it, to say nothing of Commonwealth citizens, and, even earlier, Huguenots, Jews and Scandinavians. That isn't even a complete list. But without their historic input England would be less than a blot on the map. The same kind of thing applies to almost every other nation on the planet.
Paranoid racism and xenophobia remain the biggest threats to human advancement everywhere. In this country the Sun and the Daily Mail and their propaganda clerks are the most appalling obstructions to truth we have ever known. Given the genocidal thieving history of the British Empire, that's saying something.
much more than a "growing" economy (income per capita are not rising, certainly not for most workers), there are 2 main reasons for immigration
1) the wage differential between the departing and arrival country
2) the relative low regulations for hiring (no relatives to coax or cash enveloppes to prepare)
this makes it very attractive for first-job experience, educated youngsters and motivated adults from "poor" countries (whose median home country salary is less than half the UK median salary)
as for the "growing", please keep in mind that UK governments (of all stripes) have an addictive relationship with changing statistical rules to present a more amenable political reality.
most of the "growth" in recent years can be attributed to a "boom" fiscal strategy that rely on home and financial valuations, comparatively high budget deficits (still above 5% from 10-12% 5 years ago), low private sector saving rates (used for short-term consumerism) ..... and rising working-age population (thx to all those working immigrants)
when you stripped the statistics of all those elements, you realize that core, structural growth is rather anemic (which show why productivity is so lagging), and that today's "prosperity" is a lot like the 2002-2008
... good luck until the next financial/geopolitical crises erupt ...
500,000 plus people die every year in the UK from natural causes. Migrants help keep the joint ticking over. You would think ghastly exponents of unbridled capitalism like the Mail & News Corpse would welcome more customers for the system to self propagate & survive. Fools.
Of course the other point ignored by the wailers in the tabloid press is that the withdrawal of rights to benefits HAS HAD ZERO EFFECT. Its almost as if the motives of migrants was completely the opposite to the caricatures of them portrayed in the Sun, Mail and Express.
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