I don't know about anyone else, but when I was at school 212,000 didn't really represent tens of thousands of anything, because for it to do that, it would have to be below 100,000, say something like 50,000, 60,000, 70,000, 80,000 or even 90,000 they would all represent tens of thousands, because they fall below that benchmark 100, after which numbers tend to be called.....well, hundreds of thousands!
Anyhow, so today we finally managed to find out that a net 212,000 foreign migrants arrived on our shores in the year ending September 2013, supposedly to either work, or to educate themselves, because as we all know, the Coalition has tightened up the regulations relating to benefit entitlements, so none of these 212,000 individuals can or will arrive here expecting to be kept by the taxpayers of the UK. Yeah right!
It's interesting to consider that if you just repeat the number 212,000 often enough, it tends to lose its effect, but if you think of it this way that in that 12 month period we imported another Wolverhampton, or a Derby, or a Stoke-on-Trent, or a Salford, or a Southampton, or another Westminster, or even another Portsmouth, then do you suppose that people might begin to see the scale of the problem that's facing our country, each and every single year that we continue to belong to the European Union?
Of course, another good thing about the ONS (Office National Statistics) releasing the figures, is that we're finally able to figure out exactly what happened to all of those disappearing migrants from Romania and Bulgaria that the pro-EU mainstream media were more than happy to point out didn't arrive in January 2014. Apparently they arrived prior to January 2014, by September 2013 in fact, an additional 24,000 of them, on top of the 9000 who had arrived in the year before that; and the thousands in the year before that, yada, yada, yada!
It's also worth bearing in mind that the 212,000 migrants mentioned in the report, are not necessarily the only new migrants arriving in our country, as the 212,000 represents a net figure, the difference between those going out and those coming in (or at least those that we know about). However, to get a better idea of just how significant the numbers are, the ONS also points out that during the same period, the 12 months ending September 2013, a total of 617,000 new National Insurance Numbers were issued by the British Government, suggesting that over 600,000 individuals needed them for either work and/or education (but clearly not for benefits though!)
Obviously it would be unfair to suggest that Romanian and Bulgarian migrants were in any way solely or directly responsible for this sudden increase in EU migrant numbers entering the UK, as there were any number of EU member states whose citizens felt compelled to come to the UK for work. Bulgarians and Romanians accounted for 24,000 individuals (an increase of 166% on the previous year), The number of Italians migrating to the UK accounted for 44,000 (an increase of 66% on the previous year). However, it should be pointed out that as Italy is renowned for its habit of issuing citizenship to foreign migrants, just to get them out of Italy, is is just as likely that a large proportion of those listed as "Italian" by the UK Border Agency, are just as likely to originate from Sub-Saharan Africa, or some other African state. The number of Portuguese workers entering the UK was reported to be 30,000 (an increase of 47% on the previous year), while the number of Spanish citizens coming to Britain was said to be 52,000 (an increase of 36% on the previous period). Although one would have imagined that Britain already had its fair share of Polish workers already resident in the UK, according to the latest ONS figures, an additional 111,000 Poles arrived here to work (an increase of 39% on the previous year). Just by way of interest, other nationalities taking full advantage of Britain's much talked about economic upturn include, the French (+23%), Slovakians (+26%), as well as the Greeks (+33%).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Coalition were quick to try and "spin" the latest immigration figures by pointing out that non-EU migration had fallen to its lowest level since 1998, although the fact that they had essentially been replaced by European citizens rather took the shine of the Coalition's attempt to paint a more positive picture! Given that Mr Cameron and his merry band of Coalition halfwits are now fully aware of the rising public antipathy to foreign migration into the UK (from anywhere in the world), the fact that European migration doubled from 2012 to 2013, from 65,000 to well over 130,000 must be a doubly bitter pill to swallow, yet Cabinet Ministers still choose to hide behind the old excuse of treaty agreements limiting their ability to act. It is worth making the point however, that although the Labour Party leadership have made great play of the rising immigration figures, which have caused huge embarrassment to the government, bearing in mind the astronomical levels of migration that the last three Labour administrations presided over between 1997 and 2010, one can only surmise that had they been in office, today's figures would have been even worse still.
Just by way of finishing off the ONS figures, according to their press release, in the 12 month period ending September 2013 some 23,507 Asylum Seekers presented themselves to the British authorities, as opposed to the 21,843 who presented themselves in 2012, an increase of 1654 individuals. Much of the increase in 2013 was said to have arisen from people claiming asylum having arrived from Syria, Eritrea and Albania.
To make David Cameron's day even worse, today was also the day that the most powerful female politician in the world (supposedly?), Angela Merkel arrived in the UK to speak to the two Houses of Parliament, where many hoped that she would offer some sort of tacit support for Mr Cameron's much talked about reform of the European Union. Unfortunately for the Prime Minister, the German Chancellor quickly dispelled any hopes of receiving her help in promoting any such reforms, save for those that might be mutually beneficial to Germany itself. It is clear therefore that any hopes that Mr Cameron might cling to regarding any large scale reform of the EU, is little more than a personal fools errand that the Prime Minister and most of his parliamentary party seem bound and determined to follow, even if the path that they are choosing to pursue, will almost inevitably lead to their own electoral destruction.