Migration Watch UK has published a list of bogus arguments commonly used to support mass immigration. Here’s a selection of them.
‘Immigration provides great economic benefit’
For many years the government claimed that immigration added £6 billion a year to GDP. However, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, reporting in April 2008, concluded: “We have found no evidence for the argument, made by the government, business and many others, that net immigration generates significant economic benefits for the existing UK population”.
‘Britain is only the 39th most crowded country in the world’
93% of immigrants go to England so England is what matters in this context. Together with Holland, England is the sixth most crowded country in the world if you exclude islands and city states. The 2011 census showed that the population of England and Wales had grown by 3.7 million to 56.1 million (bringing the UK population to an estimated 63.2 million). This is more than twice the rate in the previous decade and is the fastest growth in any ten-year period since the census began in 1801.
‘The public are not really as opposed to immigration as they seem’
In a major government survey conducted over a two-year period 2008-2010, 75% of respondents said that they would like to see immigration reduced, 51% by a lot. A majority of the Asian community also thought that there were too many immigrants in Britain.
‘Population projections are unreliable’
Over the last 50 years, the ONS have been accurate to +/- 2½% in their projections over a 25-year period. The latest projections indicate that the UK population will increase from 63.2 million to 70 million by 2027. Five million of this increase will be due to immigration, equivalent to the current populations of Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Glasgow and Bristol combined.
‘The government’s immigration target is unachievable because EU migration cannot be controlled’
The major source of net migration is from outside the European Union and has averaged about 200,000 a year over the past ten years. 75% of net foreign migration of 3.2 million since 1997 has been non-EU. These flows are capable of control by the government.
‘Net migration of 150,000 per year would be satisfactory’
On the contrary, immigration on this scale would simply postpone the population reaching 70 million by 4 years to 2031, after which the population would continue to rise very rapidly.
‘Migrants do not take social housing’
Official data shows that in 2010-11, 8.4% of social housing in England was occupied by non-UK nationals. These are migrants who have not been here long enough to become British citizens or who have not bothered to do so.
‘Immigrants are needed to pay our pensions’
This is a ludicrous argument which even the Labour government dropped. The reality is that immigrants themselves grow older so that there would have to be a continuing and increasing inflow of immigrants to have any long-term effect.
‘Immigration has no effect on jobs’
The Migration Advisory Committee reported in January 2012 that every 100 additional non-EU migrants might be associated with a reduction in employment of 23 native workers over the period 1995-2010. There is considerable anecdotal evidence of job displacement in key sectors such as construction, hospitality and retail.
‘Britain is a nation of immigrants’
More people now migrate to the UK in a single year than did so in the entire period from 1066 to 1950, excluding wartime.
See the full list at the Migration Watch website.