We are surprised, eh?

Hundreds of thousands more EU migrants may have come to Britain than disclosed in official records, experts have warned as ministers were accused of hiding the full scale of immigration.
Official figures published suggested that 257,000 migrants came to Britain last year, with a significant rise in the number of Bulgarians and Romanians.
However over the same period 630,000 EU citizens registered for a national insurance number, which would entitle them to work or claim benefits in Britain.

Wouldn’t actually want anyone to know what they were voting on, would we?

15 thoughts on “We are surprised, eh?”

  1. But around half of our immigrants are from outside the EU. Given the government’s clear unwillingness to do anything about that figure, let’s not pretend that leaving the EU will suddenly make them leap into action.

    If anything, they’ll choose to make up the shortfall with more immigrants from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and the rest. We’re told that post-Brexit we could forge stronger ties with the old Empire: that means more immigrants from those countries, not fewer.

  2. Remember all the idiots taking the piss when it was suggested tens of thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians would come to the UK?

    Has a single one apologised and admitted their error yet?

  3. @Andrew M

    We could allow in the Saffas who are about to be expropriated and murdered (even more) in the wreckage of South Africa. I wouldn’t be against that – good blokes, mostly.

  4. @Interested
    This is something we should have done years ago, and for the British descendants in Zimbabwe. You’d have thought the Dutch and possibly the Belgians would chip in to get the descendants of the Dutch out, too.

  5. Jim: As with the Scottish Referendum: anybody who is registered and is eligible to vote in a Scottish Parliamentary Election, the UK referendum will be: anybody who is registered and is eligible to vote in a UK Parliamentary Election.

    …plus Gibraltar.

  6. Interested,

    Are you suggesting we allow in all South Africans (blacks and whites alike)? Anything less would be racist, obviously.

    You could try limiting the right to anyone with British ancestry, but the usual crowd will decry that as racist too. Even if you did get that through, there’d be a huge black market in fake birth certificates as Nigerians try to prove that they are the illegitimate children of some Brit many years ago.

  7. @Andrew M

    I certainly would not make any distinction on racial grounds. I’d make a special case to allow in any South Africans (and as Richard says people from Zim, too) under specific threat of having their land or property seized under (say) an Expropriation Act, with (probably) additional requirements as to educational attainments, intelligence test scores, skills, language, and assets.

    I’m sure you will agree that this would be the right thing to do.

  8. There has been a UK ancestry visa for many years, which basically only white Commonwealth people qualify for (so excludes Americans).

    Indians, Pakistanis and South Africans in the UK will be able to vote to leave the EU, but not Bulgarians, Romanians or French.

  9. “However over the same period 630,000 EU citizens registered for a national insurance number, which would entitle them to work or claim benefits in Britain.”

    I can easily understand why immigrants that want to claim benefits are undesirable.

    What major problems would immigrants that want to work cause?

    Why are these two vastly different groups of immigrants lumped together without a breakdown of how many work and how many live off of the state?

  10. So Much For Subtlety

    Interested – “We could allow in the Saffas who are about to be expropriated and murdered (even more) in the wreckage of South Africa. I wouldn’t be against that – good blokes, mostly.”

    We could have defended South Africa as a civilised country for all South Africans.

    Isn’t Ironman South African? Didn’t he do the chicken run? So …. “mostly”.

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