EU Commission calls for mass immigration

You read that right.  Do not adjust your mind — there is a fault in reality!  EU “Justice” Commissioner Franco Frattini is concerned about declining population and the pensions gap in Europe, and proposes to solve the problem by admitting 20 million immigrants, mainly from Africa and Asia, over the next twenty years.  But as Sir Andrew Green of MigrationWatch has pointed out, while continental Europe may be facing a demographic time-bomb, Britain on the contrary has an increasing population in a crowded island, largely as a result of uncontrolled immigration.
The British people are not, generally, anti-immigrant, but they have real and justified concerns about the massive levels of immigration we are currently seeing.  No true Conservative is against immigration in principle, but we may worry a great deal about the pressure on housing, health, social services and infrastructure, and more broadly about the social and cultural integration of new immigrants in such great numbers, especially as the failed mantra of multi-culturalism has for many years prevented serious attempts to help immigrants integrate into their host society.  Immigration may benefit our society and our economy, but it must be manageable and sustainable.
Concerns about Europe’s demographic time-bomb are entirely justified.  But there are other solutions available.  The Conservative Party has rightly committed itself to removing the financial disincentives to marriage — an important first step.  We are also starting to recognise that as life expectancy increases, retirement age must move up too.  These are legitimate responses which may avoid the threat to social cohesion inherent in mass immigration.
A number of countries are responding in new ways to our 21st century era of global mass migration.  Australia is looking at legislation which may require family members of immigrants to prove their relationship by DNA testing.  France is looking not only at similar tests, but also at a requirement that would-be immigrants should be financially solvent and able to support themselves.  These are all sensible moves.
But the key problem for Britain is that under the EU’s free movement of people, we no longer control our borders.  In 2005, for example, Spain declared an amnesty for up to 800,000 illegal immigrants.  As soon as they have their little red EU passports, they can all come to Britain, and we have no legal barrier.  Frattini proposes that subject to rather modest conditions, his 20 million Asians and Africans should be given EU citizenship after five years, and they too will be free to come to the UK at will.
The plain truth is that Britain cannot operate a rational immigration policy — we as politicians cannot effectively respond to the legitimate concerns of our constituents — as long as we are in the EU and subject to free movement.  Yet another reason why we should be Better Off Out (

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2 Responses to EU Commission calls for mass immigration

  1. Jorgen says:

    Hear, hear! BOO!

  2. alex says:

    Another short-sighted policy! So, when these additional 20 million themselves reach pensionable age, who is to provide THEIR pension? Or is it assumed they will breed more prolifically than current Europeans and thereby “ensure” a sufficient taxable population to cover future pension costs, rather than themselves draining welfare systems? How about the effect on infrastructure, housing, schools, health services etc? Given the current inadequacies in these areas,what magician is going to conjure up a sufficient supply to meet the need? As for raising the pensionable age of worker bees, this presumably will not apply to CEOs, popstars and footballers.

    But above all, what about the democratic deficit of imposing a policy on the indigenous population of Europe who have never ever been consulted as to whether they support large-scale immigration or not. On the contrary, in most expressed opinions, the consensus appears to already feel enough is enough. But heck! it is unrealistic to expect such a trivial consideration to be taken into account.

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