A Strong Voice for Croydon Central - Gavin Barwell MP
Home
News
Help me
Campaigns
Biography
Contact me

Slowly and steadily the immigration tanker is turning
21/09/2012 09:36:00

 
 

The latest immigration figures released by the Office for National Statistics reveal that net migration was 216,000 in the year up to December 2011. This compares to 252,000 the year before, evidence that the changes that the Government has made are making a difference.

Immigration is an issue that is close to my heart, (and one that I spoke about recently in the Commons) and it is also close to the heart of many of my constituents. In my experience, people of all ethnic backgrounds and all political persuasions believe that net migration was too high under the last Government. The vast majority are not bigots – they recognise the positive contribution migrants can make – but they believe the numbers have been too high, putting pressure on public services.

Like an oil tanker, it takes time to turn things round – you announce a policy, consult on it, introduce it and then have to wait a year to see the whole year effect – but the evidence released by the ONS suggests that the changes the Coalition has introduced are making a difference.

Comment on this blog

 

Readers' Comments

On 24/09/2012 23:52:00 Jim wrote:
Based on those figures, net immigration will continue for another 5 years. Reality is, its still out of control and we have no idea at all how many illegals are here. How could we? Immigration don't even bother stamping people out any more. Better for the Home Office not to know the reality.

EU membership means that there is unfettered access to the UK from 26 countries. Human rights and asylum seeker rights further limit our ability to choose who we want here.

So the government, unwilling to tackle these constraints but desparate to reduce numbers is hitting the very immigration that is probably most beneficial to the UK. City and technology companies are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain work permits, for example. A student friend of mine - about to pay £12k in fees to Surrey University - ended up in Munich spending her money there because of daft changes to student visas. Money lost to UK plc. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

Looking at simple net figures is puerile. For a start, it suggests some kind of equivalence between a person leaving and a person arriving. People are sick and tired of the unbalanced nature of immigration with certain territories and cultures dominating arrivals. Many of these immediately start large families at the expense of taxpaying British couples who feel unable to start families because they can't afford them. The government continues to fail in this area.

Get out of the EU. Why can a Bulgarian or Romanian work here without limitation, but a New Zealander or Canadian can't? Abolish asylum rights - the system is widely abused and it's better to tackle these problems at source. Introduce quotas by territory. When the quota is full, you join a waiting list.

 
 

 

 

 More Blog Posts
09/06/2017
My concession speech after the 2017 General Election
  Read Story
08/06/2017
Today is polling day - and why I hope you'll support me at the polls
  Read Story
07/06/2017
Five reasons to vote Conservative
  Read Story
06/06/2017
Howler at the hustings
  Read Story
23/05/2017
Campaigning suspended
  Read Story
22/05/2017
Funding care for the elderly while making sure people who have worked hard can pass something on to their kids or grandchildren
  Read Story
22/05/2017
Opposing Labour's plans for intensification zones in Shirley and Forestdale and to build on the Green Belt/Metropolitan Open Land
  Read Story
13/05/2017
Labour’s misleading leaflet on school funding
  Read Story
12/05/2017
Fox hunting
  Read Story
03/05/2017
Labour to hit families living in a typical Croydon semi with inheritance tax bill
  Read Story

Full list of blog posts here

     
Gavin Barwell, 133 Wickham Road, CR0 8TE, Tel  020 8663 8741      © Gavin Barwell  2017       Promoted by Ian Parker on behalf of Gavin Barwell, both at 36 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2LG