When you tell me that the EU has caused uncontrolled mass migration into this county I really should have checked the figures earlier.
This is the graph used to persuade the public that uncontrolled migration is a problem
But this shows all migration into the UK not just EU. It includes migration which is very much controlled by a system of visas.
Another Favourite of the UKIP supporter in the midst of debate is this one ..
But this only shows UK citizens who moved to the EU – who cares where they go – they are no longer here it’s irrelevant if you are looking at net migration into the UK
So here is my offering based on the ONS figures found here, ( before you sneer “they are out by x amount” they may well be but it will be proportionately x amount for all groups in all directions ) The only migration we can not control is Migration within their EU and how many British people choose to leave the UK.
In Graph form for those visual learners amongst you
And for those who like to “Keep It Simple”
The number of people added to the UK through uncontrolled migration since 1997 is
Minus 258000 –
So exactly how is minus 258000 mass uncontrolled migration, It’s not unrestricted travel by EU citizens but old fashioned migration from the Commonwealth that makes up the bulk of people coming into this country and leaving the EU will not change that. Personally I have very few problems with any migration but stop making out our country has been swamped by the EU it has not.
I would like to thank Michael Abberton and his letter in the Huffington Post that prompted to me to do some common sense maths.