Saturday, July 2, 2011

It's not immigration as such, it's integration

The ONS figures for immigration were released yesterday and merely confirmed what everyone knew, despite attempts to close down the subject by the previous Labour government by screaming racist at anyone who brought the subject up and the promise of the current Tory government to get the numbers down to the 10's of thousands.
OF all the promises in last year’s Conservative manifesto one stands out as belonging in fantasy land: “We will take net migration back to the levels of the Nineties – tens of thousands, not hundreds of thousands.” Yesterday the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its latest population figures and there is no mistaking in which direction immigration is heading.
In the year to mid-2010, 574,000 immigrants entered Britain. Net migration rose from 176,000 to 230,000, contributing to the sharpest rise in the uK population for nearly 50 years.
The latest estimate for the UK in mid-2010 was 62,262,000, a rise of 470,000 on a year earlier.
In fact immigration plays a greater role in boosting the overall population than those figures suggest.
Recently arrived immigrants have a far higher birth rate than does the existing population. The total fertility rate – the number of children a woman can expect to have in her lifetime – is 1.84 for women born in the UK and 2.48 for those born abroad. In 2009/10 just under a quarter of all babies born in the UK were to mothers born outside the UK.
Given that it takes a full year for the ONS to compile its population estimates, the latest shocking rise in immigration – which covers the period mid-2009 to 2010 – cannot be laid at the present Government’s door. Nevertheless it is hard to see how next year’s figures will present a much different story.
 Yes, mass uncontrolled immigration is a problem, no-one denies that (now) and this is a relatively overcrowded island in places, particularly the nice bits of England where most of us happen to live. However the real danger has come from deliberate government policies that have prevented integration.
No deliberate policy of only using the native tongues of this land in all communications in fact a deliberate effort made to translate for all immigrants enabling them to reject or ignore integration by language.
Deliberate use of political correctness to prevent investigation into cultural crimes, often by the use of the term racism to shut down debate or criticism, a prime example being the years of the police knowing about the grooming of young girls by Pakistani Muslim males, other examples being the criticisms levelled at racial profiling as being racist rather than nature.
Deliberate use of multiculturalism to allow ghettoisation of certain cultures and move them above criticism simply for being who they are, leading to isolation from the mainstream culture and lack of integration due to cultural bias often against women, often against other cultures being forced out by a variety of hostile acts and discrimination.
Nothing seems to have changed in government policy in the last year or so, merely big words on cutting down on immigration without any seemingly tangible action. But immigration wouldn't be a problem if immigrants had to integrate simply because they would not thrive otherwise, also certain religious groups cause more trouble than their worth because their cultural norms are not compatible with western democracy and their religious laws are actually anathema to western law. Not that these people can't integrate, just that often enough they wont and expect us to accommodate and adapt to them.
So the problems we face are mostly of our politicians making, too many immigrants and no pressure to integrate. This needs to change and change fast before the next stage of the lack of integration kicks in, mass civil disruption and rioting by the populace, followed by civil war.
I see no sign as yet that 20 years down the road we will not be fighting a war for supremacy in our own land against a foreign creed utterly at odds with our hard won freedoms.

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WitteringsfromWitney said...

Actually QM whilst I take your point I would aver that it is impossible to tackle the problem of integration until such time that our borders have been secured thus ensuring that there are no more coming in. Then and only then can we tackle the problem of integration - a policy which should have but one objective: accept our way of life, our traditions, our culture - or bog off!

Quiet_Man said...

Getting out of the EU would help in closing the borders true. But other than a bit of whinging from the odd Tory looking at electoral meltdown, I can't see anything like that happening this side of a general election.

English Pensioner said...

I imagine net migration will soon be zero, judging by the number of people that I know who are actively seeking to leave this country.
Of course the statistics won't show that they are mainly of English/Scottish ethnic descent, nor that they have good qualifications from worthwhile universities.
Unfortunately it looks as if my daughter and son-in-law are likely to be among them, along with our only grandchild.

Steve T said...

Isn't this the difference between immigration and colonization?

We are limited what we can do while in the EU, however there are things we could do.

One thing we might be able to do to house people we can't deport to their home countries in apartment blocks in Brussels and Strasbourg.

andy said...

Actually,I`m all for the ghetto-isation of foreign cultures,it makes them far easier to spot and deal with.