My word, this is a surprise

The proportion of typical social housing in England being let to Eastern Europeans has trebled over the last eight years, provisional figures have found.

You’ve got to be resident for a certain amount of time in order to be eligible, and adding that takes us back to about the time when the East European population of the country trebled and more.

So it’s hardly a surprise, is it?

9 thoughts on “My word, this is a surprise”

  1. Reminds me of that infamous moment when Mrs Duffy asked Gordon Brown “Where are all these East Europeans coming from?” I would have been tempted to answer “Argentina” but then Gordon wasn’t noted for his sense of humour was he? 🙂

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    It shows the problems of immigration. We are not taking Poland’s brain surgeons. We are taking people who need social housing.

    No amount of torturing the statistics has ever shown a benefit from immigration from the host population. The correct level of immigration to the UK is, at most, zero.

  3. See how long it takes you to get to some commonwealth countries with no qualifications or trade compared with the professional sponsorship routes. Nothing wrong with managed immigration.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    Bloke not in Cymru – “See how long it takes you to get to some commonwealth countries with no qualifications or trade compared with the professional sponsorship routes. Nothing wrong with managed immigration.”

    Five minutes? There isn’t a developed country in the world that is taking immigration restrictions seriously. They have various degrees of public theatre where they pretend they are doing something. But they aren’t.

    Even Canada and Australia simply go through the motions. They are being swamped by immigrants with no real controls at all.

  5. Even Canada and Australia simply go through the motions. They are being swamped by immigrants with no real controls at all.

    Australia are most certainly not being “swamped”. They have an enormous number of immigrants, most of whom are from the UK or New Zealand. A large number from China and India — who don’t tend to clog up the social services. And quite small numbers from elsewhere.

    Their immigration pattern is the same they’ve had for pretty much their entire history. They’ll cope. Indeed without immigration to the mines they’d have severely hampered their recent boom.

  6. Indeed without immigration to the mines they’d have severely hampered their recent boom.

    They already did: the unions lobbied the government not to relax immigration laws for those with skills specifically need in the mines and LNG construction sites.

    As such, the costs of the construction costs spiralled out of control on each site, and the projects were bedevilled by endless strikes. Now the oil companies have decided not to bother building anything else in Australia, and instead turn to floating LNG which is built in Korea and towed into position offshore Australia. Now the Australian engineers and construction workers are blubbering that there is no work.

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    Chester Draws – “Australia are most certainly not being “swamped”. They have an enormous number of immigrants, most of whom are from the UK or New Zealand. A large number from China and India — who don’t tend to clog up the social services. And quite small numbers from elsewhere.”

    I have seen a recent estimate that a third of the Australian population was born outside Australia. Go to downtown Sydney and tell me they are not being swamped.

    “Their immigration pattern is the same they’ve had for pretty much their entire history.”

    You mean they don’t allow any non-Whites in at all? That is pretty much the immigration pattern they had for pretty much their entire history. That is why they are not a poor and corrupt Third World sh!thole like Jamaica or Mauritius.

    “They’ll cope. Indeed without immigration to the mines they’d have severely hampered their recent boom.”

    I would love to see what an economy that is not hampered looks like. Given the recent history of the Australian economy.

    It is not worth becoming a minority in your own homeland.

  8. @ SMFS
    “It is not worth becoming a minority in your own homeland.”
    The Australians became a minority in their own homeland when we stopped transporting convicts to America and sent them to Botany Bay instead.

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