STRAIGHT TALK­ING Bri­tish pub­lic conned over shock im­mi­gra­tion fig­ures


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THE lat­est fig­ures on Na­tional In­sur­ance num­bers be­ing is­sued to EU mi­grants were re­leased, prompt­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of ‘ter­ri­ble dis­hon­esty’ by the Prime Min­is­ter’s for­mer Eto­nian chum, now po­lit­i­cal ri­val, Boris John­son.

These new fig­ures show that while im­mi­gra­tion from other EU coun­tries over the past five years stands at 990,000 peo­ple, Na­tional In­sur­ance num­bers – what you need in or­der to legally work and claim ben­e­fits in the UK – have been handed out to more than 2.2 mil­lion EU na­tion­als.

It seems ob­vi­ous that this Gov­ern­ment has de­lib­er­ately been mis­lead­ing the pub­lic yet again on im­mi­gra­tion, hid­ing 1.2 mil­lion sup­pos­edly short­term mi­grants from of­fi­cial fig­ures as it strug­gles to get any­where near its tar­get of re­duc­ing net mi­gra­tion to the ‘tens of thou­sands’.

It comes as no sur­prise that David Cameron was so des­per­ate for these fig­ures to stay hid­den un­der the radar for an­other six weeks.

He is des­per­ate for the Bri­tish peo­ple to vote to stay in­side the Euro­pean Union next month, as he knows his own po­lit­i­cal ca­reer hangs in the bal­ance.

Yet he knows that the more open and hon­est a de­bate we have about im­mi­gra­tion, the more we be­gin to ques­tion our con­tin­ued EU mem­ber­ship.

Since the days of Tony Blair and Peter Man­del­son, when Labour were se­cretly send­ing out search par­ties for EU mi­grants to come to our shores, the Bri­tish pub­lic have had the wool pulled over their eyes over im­mi­gra­tion.

Af­ter six years in gov­ern­ment, we prob­a­bly shouldn’t ex­pect any bet­ter from our Prime Min­is­ter.

David Cameron stood idly by in 2015 as re­stric­tions on Ro­ma­ni­ans and Bul­gar­i­ans com­ing to the UK to work were lifted.

Be­fore then, some 50,000 Na­tional In­sur­ance num­bers were is­sued to ci­ti­zens from these two coun­tries. A num­ber of these were able to do so by reg­is­ter­ing as self-em­ployed.

Con­se­quently, many then went on to work as sellers of The Big Is­sue, de­spite the fact that many were not home­less.

Now, in 2016, there are more than 200,000 Na­tional In­sur­ance num­bers in the hands of Ro­ma­ni­ans and Bul­gar­i­ans. Who can blame them? While our min­i­mum wage sits at £7.20-an-hour, in Bul­garia it is just 94 pence.

The sim­ple mat­ter of fact is that while we are a mem­ber of the EU, we have no con­trol over our im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem – and the longer we stay in, the worse it is go­ing to get.

Fur­ther EU ex­pan­sion is just around the cor­ner with Ser­bia, Mon­tene­gro, Al­ba­nia and Mace­do­nia all likely to be­come mem­bers within 10 years.

These states are a hot­bed of cor­rup­tion, or­gan­ised crime and chronic un­em­ploy­ment.

Al­ba­nia has the low­est min­i­mum wage in Europe and its ci­ti­zens will be all too ea­ger to move to north­ern Europe. Chil­dren’s char­ity Barnardo’s has high­lighted a huge in­crease in the num­ber of Al­ba­nian chil­dren forced into slav­ery right here in the UK.

How­ever, the big­gest worry is of course Turkey. Many UK tourists who visit Is­tan­bul, Bo­drum or Ku­sadasi don’t see the real Turkey. Be­yond the hol­i­day hotspots lies a very poor na­tion of 75 mil­lion peo­ple, where the av­er­age yearly salary is just £6,500.

Bri­tish peo­ple will not be look­ing to move to Al­ba­nia or Turkey in search of work. The traf­fic is only go­ing to be one way – un­less of course, we vote to leave the Euro­pean Union.

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