THE world is in motion. And Britain is the destination of choice for a record-breaking 1.1 million migrants heading our way this year, next year and every year.
It’s just the beginning, warns the bright Social Market Foundation think tank. To get used to something.
“Britain must prepare for a new era of high immigration, driven by internal needs and changes in global economics and politics,” reads its alarming report released today.
“The post-pandemic level of 1.1 million arrivals per year could be the start of a trend.”
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak may have declared war on illegal immigration, with an unprecedented 40,000 people illegally crossing the Channel annually, but that is dwarfed by the number arriving with residence permits.
We apparently need them to do jobs that millions of unemployed Britons can’t or won’t do.
Most are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria, which are among the most populous nations in the world.
“Britain’s aging population and skills shortages mean continued demand for migrant workers,” says the SMF.
But what does this mean for Britain, which is already the most densely populated country in Europe? The answer is that over the next few decades Britain will be a different country than even today’s millennials were born in.
And since this is inevitable, the report suggests, it is futile – or dangerous – to resist. Otherwise, says SMF’s Jonathan Thomas, we risk the rise of such populist troublemakers as Nigel Farage.
Mr Thomas acknowledges that “a significant number of voters remain concerned about immigration”.
He’s absolutely right. It’s the biggest single concern next to heating and eating.
“The political consensus is extremely fragile,” he says. “This creates an opportunity for political disruptors, an opportunity that Nigel Farage and Ukip seized in the early 2010s. To avoid this risk, all sides have to make compromises.”
There is nothing in this report to suggest that Mr Farage could make a point shared by millions of ordinary Britons.
Or that no other government – Labor or Tory – has managed such a sustained rate of high-level immigration.
Or that the UK could educate some of the 5.3 MILLION Britons – the population of Scotland – who now languish on work-related benefits at taxpayers’ expense.
I am grateful to the numerologists at The Spectator newspaper for unearthing these startling figures.
Hundreds of thousands of unemployed idlers in their teens and 20s say they have no intention of ever working at all.
With the collapse of the NHS, overcrowded schools and a desperate shortage of housing and community services, we must open the door to more and more migrants.
“Britain should explore ‘skill partnerships’ with migrants’ home countries and support the training of workers who could then bring those skills to the UK,” urges Thomas.
The legal immigration rate – as big as Birmingham every year – has already skyrocketed almost unnoticed as public attention focuses on boat crossings.
The true number for 2022 is already 1,064,000, a staggering figure that an official press release has magically halved by subtracting the 500,000 who left the country for whatever reason.
Mr Sunak responded to public anger with tough new measures to curb illegal boat migrants, mostly from corrupt but safe countries like Albania.
Britain, he says, will impose a border on even genuine asylum seekers, closing what is now effectively an open door.
Under Rishi’s new laws, no one arriving illegally will be allowed to stay or seek asylum.
wish him luck. Even that looks doomed unless we give in to the French.
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“In order to be able to bring migrants back to France, the UK needs to take in more refugees,” says the SMF.
“The UK should accept that France has no obligation and little incentive to help Britain with the asylum process, especially at a time when France receives around three times as many asylum applications as the UK and hosts a larger number of refugees than the UK .”
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The tragedy is that all of this is probably too late. Even Tory optimists are gearing up for opposition in 2024.
And whatever Sir Keir Starmer and Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper say to take power, we might as well scrape up Border Force. . . and join the exodus to sunny Australia.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6944533/letting-in-migrants-5-3m-brits-on-benefits/ Why are we allowing record numbers of migrants – instead of training Britain’s 5.3 million on welfare?