Nearly two million EU workers in Britain, new figures show

A quarter of European Union workers in Britain have arrived here in the last four years, new figures have revealed as the total reached a new high of just under two million.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed 1.95 million people born in the 27 other EU member states were working here in the first quarter of this year.

It was an increase of almost half a million on 2011 figures, equivalent to the population of Liverpool.

The overall total included a record number of eastern European migrants working in this country.

The ONS said there were 1.13 million migrant workers from eastern Europe in the first three months of this year, compared with about 640,000 in 2010.

Critics said the figures showed that EU free movement rules were putting huge pressure on wages, the NHS and other public services, and called for new limits to be placed on numbers…

This illustrates the other problem with mass immigration: even if we agree that the Eastern Europeans will on the whole assimilate well, there are just too many people trying to live in the few desirable parts of the world.

See also ‘Britain took in more migrants than 17 other EU countries put together, new data shows,’ May 12, 2015.  I suspect they are going to the UK because it easier to find work there.

The Anglo model of capitalism is not popular on the Continent and there all sorts of strict labour laws that make it much harder to find work.

This is drawing people to other Anglo countries too. I just read last night about how New York City can barely absorb all the people who want to live there. The article discusses how the only way to grow is construct higher buildings, which cast shadows on the proles visiting, say, Central Park.

Yet the article contains the sentence: ‘[The shadows are] a stark reminder that the new growth needed in healthy cities can come at the expense of people already living there.’

Growth, growth, growth… Good for business but no one else. House prices beyond the reach of the middle class? Tough.  It cannot go on indefinitely but short term profits are all that matters.

  • no4

    I live in a small town in the country, of about 10,000 people. We have a Polish shop, and you often hear people chatting in eastern European accents. I used to deliver and collect from a local factory, the staff there are 90% Latvian. I got to be good friends with the two guys I would deal with. They are all nice people, but they think our minimum wage is a fortune and that back home is a shit hole.
    The result for us is that rents have gone crazy, and wages are terrible.

    • Frau Katze

      But that makes landlords and businesses happy. The problem with mass immigration is that both the right and left support (for different reasons) and if you object your a populist, far-right or xenophobic.

      • no4

        In the last couple of years I have gone from giving up being able to ever buy a house, to giving up being able to rent a flat, to giving up being able to rent a studio. All I can afford is a room in a shared house with no parking and no garden. This is not London either, but a small town in the middle of nowhere.
        The government recently decided that property prices going up was not inflation but GDP. Basically our economy is based around a Ponzi scheme of cheap interest rates and immigrants.
        Interest rates are controlled like some soviet dictatorship, as soon as they go up there will be chaos here.

  • Rosenmops

    The UK is a small country–it doesn’t have much area. They can’t take in the whole world.

    • Frau Katze

      Seems they’re going to try. Read the article in the second link. New York City is becoming impossible because so many people want to live there.

    • no4

      There is in fact a lot of space here. For whatever reason they refuse to build houses and widen the roads. My town is surrounded by fields, but we are piled on top of each other. A two hundred year old pile of crap terraced house, with no garden, no parking, on a single track in the middle of nowhere goes for £250,000.

  • Hard Little Machine

    And this is why no matter what David Cameron says, the UK is never leaving the EU. It would require the expulsion of millions.