New figures from the Office for National Statistics have officially confirmed what we knew would happen. The influx of Eastern Europeans has pushed net migration (the difference between the total immigration and total emigration) up, making a mockery of the Prime Minister’s promise to cut net migration. Instead, the year ending in March saw net migration balloon to 243,000.
Between March 2013 and March 2014 a total of 212,800 EU citizens migrated to these shores, placing unprecedented strain on our public services. Fewer school places, longer hospital waiting times and skyrocketing house prices – all stand as a testament to the government’s failure to curb EU migration.
As the ONS report concludes, the main reason we face wave after wave of migration is because of a lack of jobs in Europe, all thanks to the EU’s failed utopian experiment, the euro. The latest Eurostat data shows the Britain’s unemployment at around 6%, much lower than the EU average of 10%. However, just because we have relatively low unemployment does not make Britain a paradise of golden opportunity as migrants seem to believe. There simply not enough jobs to go around.
Even when such jobs are available, EU migrants taking them instead of Britons causes severe problems, such as wage deflation, a less-integrated society and complex language barriers. Take for example the effect on the NHS. As we discussed in our last blog, EU migrants in the NHS have severely damaged patient care, with language barriers preventing the effective communication between NHS workers and patients.
Of course, were we outside of the EU we would be able to welcome people from across the world, including skilled workers from English-speaking countries such as America and Canada. But as Jean-Claude Juncker has stated, we cannot “renegotiate” our way out of the free movement of people whilst remaining a member of the EU. If we want a fair immigration system, which prioritises skilled workers who speak English fluently, the only option is to Get Britain Out.