Europe’s Growing Immigration Challenge

Global immigration Crisis

By Brian McGavin, April 2014

Immigration policy in Britain continues to reveal depths of incompetence, as Europe

is under increasing pressure from illegal immigration. Government claims that they

are tackling the issues will do little to reassure a worried public.

Migration has enriched many societies, but immigration and the growing cost to

communities of accommodating large-scale inflows of people, in a now crowded

world, raises many challenging questions. This is not a left or right issue or racist. It is

about social and environmental sustainability.

Over 22,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in southern Italy alone in the first three

months of 2014. Many more have entered Greece and Spain. Well over 100,000

African immigrants landed in the Spanish Canary Islands trying to gain access to

the EU in the last few years. The EU and the media attempt to cloud the picture

by calling them ‘irregular’ migrants and ‘undocumented workers’, but the growing

consequences of these pressures will have profound impacts.

In 2010 the European Union’s population topped half a billion. Of the 1.4 million

growth from the previous year, 900,000 resulted from legal immigration alone into the

EU. according to Eurostat in July 2010.

The number of foreign nationals given UK passports has soared. By 2050 the

Government Actuary’s Department estimates the UK’s population could rise to 90

million, 70 per cent of this due to inward migration – enough to fill a major conurbation

the size of Birmingham every five years in what is already the most densely

populated country in Europe. Add to this, illegal immigration.

We now face a massive increase in population as our economy is struggling. Is this

a sustainable policy supported by the environmental lobby? Is this a future we would

vote for? We need to know but are still not being asked.

Displaying a mixture of complacency and incompetence the UK Government first

lost control of the immigration and asylum system and then tried to spin the idea that

large-scale immigration was vital to our economic interests. Growing evidence has

shown this to be profoundly misleading.

What matters, not least to those in already vulnerable communities, is how

immigration increases the number of people who are entitled to claim on the

economy and the huge impact on infrastructure, schools, health, housing and the

environment. The fact that the extra population cancels out any real benefit to

the resident population was repeatedly denied until exposed by an investigation

published in April 2008 by the Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords.

In the last five years, with high unemployment in some member countries, net

migration from the whole of the EU rose to about 36 per cent of total net migration

into the UK, says MigrationWatch, so nearly two-thirds is still from outside the EU.

The eurosceptic press ignores this. But there is much Europe could do.

Illegal immigration pressure builds in Europe

Instability in North African countries has seen a big jump in illegals trying to get into

Europe. National authorities in the EU apprehend more than 500,000 illegal migrants

annually. In addition, there were 335,895 asylum claims in 2012, according to the EU

Home Affairs Directorate.

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