It has emerged that EU immigration statistics from 1997 to 2010 were undercounted by over half a million, the actual figure rising to 4 million from the original 3.4 million that officials believed settled here within those thirteen years. The difference is equivalent to the population of Manchester, as noted by the Express. This represents a small portion of a vast wave of immigration from South Europe to North Europe. Britain and Germany and the leading destinations for economic migrants who want to escape the impoverished south of the EU. With recovery underway in Britain and Germany, they are very attractive destinations for those stuck in countries like Greece and Spain where more than half of young people are unemployed. The open borders policy of the EU is detrimental to the more prosperous Member States.
This news comes with a poll that shows nearly a fifth of Bulgarians want to leave and go to Western Europe in search of all the things that are lacking in their home country: jobs, prosperity and better living standards. For the 400,000 Bulgarians who are ready to pack their bags, the UK is their number one choice of destination. Restrictions on movement of people from Bulgaria will expire soon, and it is anticipated that the UK will suffer the brunt of it long before a referendum on membership can be held.
Britain cannot do anything about this. Our government does not control our borders, Brussels does. The current state of affairs might benefit the recession-stricken nations in the south Europe, but harms countries like ours, with public services stretched to the limit. There is an imbalance in the heart of the EU project, the economic disparity that produces the predictable result we face today. This imbalance might be the biggest flaw in the project, and it will be instrumental in the EU’s eventual unraveling.