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.