UK Immigration News Bulletin w/c June 25, 2007
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British job-seekers are being refused work because they
do not speak Polish, it has been claimed. The influx of
Eastern European workers means the language is now vital
for jobs in agriculture, says MP Malcolm Moss. His North
East Cambridgeshire constituency has seen the arrival of
a huge number of migrant workers to pick fruit and vegetables,
as well as fill other low-paid jobs in packing and food
processing plants. Many of the farms and companies involved
rely on local job agencies or gangmasters to supply workers.
Mr Moss told yesterday how a constituent had been denied
work at one factory because she did not speak Polish. A
woman came to my surgery to tell me about her daughter's
experience when she was looking for work, he said.
The daughter was aged 18 or 19 and had been to the
job centre, where there was little work. Instead she
was told to try the local factories in person. They,
in turn told her they did not recruit directly and referred
her on to a gangmaster who held the contract to supply the
staff. Mr Moss added: This particular gangmaster
told the woman,
'If you don't speak Polish I can't put you on the assembly
line, because they all speak Polish. They won't accept
you, and you won't be able to communicate with them anyway.
This is obvious discrimination. It is no wonder that
youth unemploymentis on the rise. Mr Moss, a Tory
MP, said the incident was reported to him at a constituency
surgery early last year. He did not remember the woman's
name or the factory involved. He raised the incident publicly
during a House of Commons debate on the effect of immigration
in Cambridgeshire last week. Mr Moss said it was indicative
of the problems caused by large-scale immigration in his
area. It is not just Polish workers, he said,
there are also Estonians, Lithuanians and others.
Local people cannot get jobs in the factories in which
historically they worked. I have tried each and every way
to find a solution to the problem. Where have the
indigenous population gone?
These are people who do not have cars and cannot travel
to find a job, so where are they in the local community?
Mr Moss said it was no good arguing that the migrants were
only taking the jobs that locals didn't want. In my
constituency, they are doing jobs that my people did a few
years ago. http://www.bnp.org.uk/shopping/excalibur/item.php?id=691Let
us not kid ourselves - there is displacement. He also
called for action to tackle gangmasters who exploit Eastern
European workers by bringing them to the county, paying
them poverty wages, and making them live in crowded accommodation
at exorbitant rents. Figures released last month revealed
a massive influx of immigrants to Britain from the former
Eastern Bloc since 11 countries including Poland, Estonia
and Lithuania, joined the EU in 2004. Around 640,000 Eastern
Europeans, most of them Poles, have registered to work in
Britain. But the figure could be as high as 800,000, experts
believe, because in most cases the Government keeps no record
of the self- employed, spouses or children.
There are, of course, no skills shortages in
our economy, only employers unwilling to pay the going rate
for the skills they want to employ.
Britain is to be actively promoted by the Government as
a destination for migrants who will fill skills shortages
in the economy, the Home Office said yesterday. Entrepreneurs
and trade-related businesses are to be encouraged to head
for Britain, while the existing Indian and Chinese communities
are to be helped to access financial services to expand
trade with India and China. The move to market Britain as
a migration destination comes despite the Immigration
Minister admitting that the scale of recent migration had
unsettled the country. But yesterdays Home Office
paper on managing global migration said that promoting Britain
would be necessary in a world in which there would be increasing
competition for migrants and tourists. We need to
act internationally so that the UK remains attractive to
those who can contribute to our economy, the paper
The Government is to introduce a points system for people
wishing to work and study, which the paper said would be
promoted worldwide. The decision to present Britain as a
country actively seeking the brightest and the best comes
three days before the first meeting of the new Migration
Impact Forum, which is to look at the social as well as
economic effects of immigration. Liam Byrne, the Immigration
Minister, told The Times: This is not a dogmatic document.
The message is not that we are slamming shut the door.
Mr Byrne said that Britains Indian and Chinese communities
could be important to help to expand Britains investments
in the two countries. They could help to expand trade in
financial, legal and business services. The Indian
and Chinese diaspora in the UK will be an important bridgehead
into those two great growth markets of the future. Migrants
knowledge of their home countries markets is as important
as personal or business contacts. Ministers also plan
to share more information about immigrants with overseas
police and security agencies to prevent foreign criminals
and immigration offenders from entering the country.
Curbs on the number of Romanians and Bulgarians allowed
to enter Britain to seek work may be lifted by the end of
the year. Home Office ministers will consider a relaxation
or end to quotas imposed when the states joined the European
Union in January. The curbs, including a cap on the number
of low-skilled workers, were set last October by John Reid,
the Home Secretary, amid mounting public concern at levels
of immigration. A Home Office document published today opens
the way to allowing in more Bulgarians and Romanians. The
paper says that a new Migration Impacts Forum, which meets
for the first time today, will review the number of people
who have come from both countries since January, where they
are working and whether there is a demand from industry
for more low-skilled workers.
Ministers plan to make a decision on whether to ease or
lift restrictions at some stage in the last three months
of the year. The paper also suggests that regional lists
of skills shortages should be produced, with the aim of
encouraging migrants to travel to those areas. But Liam
Byrne, the Immigration Minister, made clear that the new
forum and Government would not just listen to the views
of business about allowing in more migrants.Immigration
policy must be set in Britains national interest,
not based on the needs of any one group, he said.
It is important that we involve and understand the
experience of people from the front line, from local authorities,
the health sector and businesses. The Home Office
quotas were resisted by the Foreign Office and resented
by Bulgaria and Romania, especially as Britain had allowed
unrestricted access to jobs by citizens of other east European
states joining the EU in 2004.
The number of low-skilled workers allowed from the two states
was set at 19,750 and they are only allowed to work in food
processing and agriculture. The only others who can come
are highly skilled workers, students, those with specialist
skills which cannot be met by resident labour and the self-employed.
Figures published last month showed nearly 8,000 Bulgarians
and Romanians came to work in Britain in the first three
months of this year, plus 2,400 who joined the seasonal
agricultural workers scheme. Ministers have come under
pressure from the National Farmers Union for the quotas
to be eased to allow more migrants to become pickers. The
union said that there had been a fall in the number of people
from Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic,
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania willing to work in the sectors.
The Migration Impact Forum is made up of 14 people, representing
police, magistracy, education authorities, local government,
business, neighbourhoods and refugees It will look at the
effect of immigration on housing, education, health, crime
and community cohesion It will influence how the new points-based
immigration system works Each potential immigrant will be
awarded points based on earning power, qualifications and
demand for skills in job market The forum will be able to
influence the pass mark and whether it is raised
or lowered, depending on conditions in Britain The points
system is due to begin some time in the first quarter of
2008 A second body, the Migration Advisory Committee, will
provide the Government with advice on where migration is
The BNPs ideas are clearly going mainstream. Only
a year ago, this kind of article would have been accused
of promoting racism and deemed unfit for publication.
For years the baleful shade of Enoch Powell silenced debate
about immigration numbers, however rational. Playing the
numbers game, as it was called, was always associated with
the even more shameful misdemeanour of playing the race
card. As recently as November 2003, David Blunkett as home
secretary blithely announced that he could not see the need
for a limit on immigrants, nor did he think there was a
maximum number of people that could be housed in this country.
This astonishingly silly comment passed almost without protest;
it was expressing the unthinking orthodoxy of the day. It
was fortunate perhaps that Blunkett and the government believed
that numbers didnt matter, since they hadnt
the slightest idea what the numbers were. The director of
enforcement and removals at the Immigration and Nationality
Directorate admitted last year that he had not the
faintest idea how many illegal immigrants were living
here. Not only has the government lost control of this countrys
boundaries; until recently it didnt think that mattered.
How quickly things change in politics. Now even the most
right-on Labour figures are playing the numbers game, with
the race card up their sleeves.
Last month Margaret Enver Hodge appeared to
be doing just that with her announcement that indigenous
people in her constituency of Barking felt justly aggrieved
that they could not get council housing, while recent immigrants
could. They had indeed a legitimate sense of entitlement
that should not be overridden by new immigrants. The wind
was clearly changing. Sure enough, last week numbers became
mentionable again, officially. Ruth Kelly, the minister
for communities and local government, issued a startling
report by the Commission on Integration and Cohesion. Integration
indeed. Until recently integration was a dirty word, almost
as sinister as assimilation. This report announced findings
that must be startling to anyone who has tried hard to toe
the multi-culti line. It says that black and Asian Britons
- nearly half of them - think we have let in too many immigrants.
Almost 70% of everyone questioned by a Mori poll for the
commission thought so, including 47% of Asian and 45% of
black respondents. The poll also showed that 56% of respondents
believed some groups - mainly immigrants, asylum seekers
and refugees - received unfair priority in the allocation
of housing, health services and education. Respondents were
very sensitive about freeloading by other groups.
At the same time only 36% believe immigration is good for
the economy. It is hard to know what to make of the idiocy
of this government, discovering so late in the day the consequences
of its wilfully ignorant and undemocratic immigration policies.
Nevertheless one should be thankful for small blessings.
There are a few. For one thing, because its now official
that so many ethnic minority Britons are worried about immigration,
the race card has in effect been torn up and thrown away.
One can hardly accuse ethnic minorities of playing it. Another
blessing is that multiculturalism has suddenly and rather
sneakily been dumped. Late in the day ministers are discovering
what should have been blindingly obvious. The dogma of multiculturalism
has made immigration and race relations much more painful
and difficult than they need have been. The social policies
based on it have kept people in ghettos and bred mistrust
and suspicion. So its as you were, then, with multiculturalism.
Now at long last we have integration and cohesion. Lets
hope its not too late to undo some of the damage.
Kellys report makes some sensible suggestions, none
the worse for being ridiculous U-turns.
The policy of providing masses of translators and translations
for countless languages is to be dumped. It has meant that
newcomers are not obliged to learn English, and frequently
dont, which means they are unable to integrate even
if they wanted to; they can live here deaf and dumb to the
rest of us. Good riddance to it. However, changes such as
this, no matter how sensible, fail to address the central
question of numbers. It ought always to have been self-evident
that numbers matter; to think otherwise is to believe that
a raft will never sink no matter how many people clamber
onto it. Of course immigration is to be welcomed, or at
least tolerated. Of course immigrants have done great things
for this country. Of course there is a moral argument for
rich people in favour of taking in poorer foreigners.
And of course asylum seekers deserve asylum. All the same,
this small and populous country cannot possibly accept the
many millions who would like to come here. This government,
or its successor, ought to be bold enough to consider openly
what might be the optimum number of people living here -
or at least the number beyond which more would be intolerable.
Some think we have already reached it, to judge from letters
to this paper last week about housing. Most do not, but
some day we certainly will, unless immigration is brought
under civilised and thoughtful control. No one would wish
to turn away genuine asylum seekers. No one can turn away
migrants from the European Union, whether we wish to or
not. The result is that we already have far more prospective
immigrants than we could hope to accommodate. The number
of genuine asylum seekers is limitless and the number of
EU migrants, with incontestable rights to settle here, is
as good as limitless. Surely it follows that the group that
morally or legally has less right to come here is therefore
the immigrants who are neither EU nationals nor spouses
of Britons. So, no immigrants except asylum seekers and
There is nothing racist about this suggestion; plenty of
Europeans, and most asylum seekers, are of non-European
ethnic antecedents. There are Moroccan Frenchwomen or Indonesian
Dutchmen; Europe has become a melting pot. Certain exceptions
could be made, as ever, for immigrants who would bring exceptional
wealth or skills with them. It is, at the very least, time
for the government to talk openly and fearlessly about numbers.
Too bad our own government isnt this sensible!
The Czech foreigners' police have checked some 1000 people
within a nation-wide control operation of illegal immigrants
staying in the Czech Republic that was launched today, Nova
Television reported. The goal of the checks that are connected
with the Czech Republic's planned integration with the Schengen
area is to limit the number of illegal immigrants. Nova
said that of the 1000 people checked dozens will have problems
since they did not have proper documents and health insurance.
Several wanted persons have been arrested by the police
during the checks. Nova said that 300 policemen were involved
in the checks that took place in Prague, Ceske Budejovice,
south Bohemia, Plzen, west Bohemia, Hradec Kralove, east
Bohemia, and the Usti nad Labem region, north Bohemia and
will continue on Friday. During the operation, the police
checked marketplaces, hostels, construction sites and factories.
Like today's operation many others that will follow
in the near future are directly connected with the Czech
Republic's entry in the Schengen area, foreigner and
border police spokeswoman Katerina Jirgesova told Nova.
According to Nova, the operation in Prague lasted about
three hours and police arrested seven people - four foreigners
lacked personal documents and three were nationally wanted.
Two Ukrainians without health insurance were find 500 crowns
Another sign of the ongoing revolt against immigration in
the States. Americans are lucky enough to have state governments
with some ability to defy the stupidity of their central
While a stack of anti-illegal immigration bills died in
the Texas Legislature this year, Oklahoma lawmakers passed
a law that cuts off illegal immigrants' access to driver's
licenses and many government benefits. The state ought
not to be in the business of providing benefits to people
who are not here legally, said Oklahoma Rep. Randy
Terrill, the Republican who wrote the bill. Terrill will
speak to an anti-illegal immigration group in Dallas tonight.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures,
more than 1,000 immigration-related bills and resolutions
have been filed in the 50 states. Some Texas cities have
passed anti-illegal immigration ordinances. Oklahoma's House
Bill 1804, signed by the governor in May, is considered
one of the toughest immigration laws in the nation. Among
other things, it will: End illegal immigrants' access to
state benefits, including college scholarships. Empower
law enforcement officers to check the immigration status
of people they arrest for felonies and drunken driving.
Consider illegal immigrants charged with felonies and some
other crimes a flight risk and deny them bail. Allow fired
workers to sue if their former employers have an illegal
immigrant doing the same or similar work. Will a tough law
in Oklahoma push illegal immigrants into Texas? Boy,
I sure hope so, Terrill said.
Hispanic groups have their doubts. Immigrants become too
attached to places where they put down roots to be dislodged
by new laws, said Evan Bacalao, a research associate at
the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed
Officials. If anything, he said, the legislation will push
Hispanics to become more active in state politics. Texas'
Texas and Oklahoma share a border, but their political environments
could hardly be more different. A little more than a third
of Texas' 23.5 million residents are Hispanic, and their
representation is organized into powerful interest groups.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund's
San Antonio office keeps a close eye on the Legislature.
And 43 of Texas' 182 lawmakers, including some who are not
Hispanic, are members of the Mexican American Legislative
Caucus. In 2001, Texas became the first state to offer illegal
immigrants in-state tuition and state financial aid for
college. Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association
of Business, said many members of the group are desperately
seeking workers, so they joined Hispanic lawmakers
to oppose anti-illegal immigration bills this year. Employers
have said huge labor shortages exist in industries such
as trucking, welding and restaurants.
In Oklahoma, no such alliance exists.
Hispanics comprised only 6 percent of the state's 3.5 million
residents in 2005, according to the Census Bureau, and the
Oklahoma Legislature has no Hispanic lawmakers. The
Latino community in Oklahoma is new, said Rey Madrid,
Oklahoma state director for the League of United Latin American
Citizens. The Oklahoma State Chamber took a neutral position
on Terrill's bill when it was changed from requiring employers
to screen all employees for citizenship or immigration status
to screening all new hires, spokesman Mike Seney said. Public
opinion had sufficiently jelled, Terrill said. House
Bill 1804 is a model bill for the state and even the nation,
if they will just take the hint, he said.
Oklahoma is not alone. Other states
are also cracking down on illegal immigration.
In Colorado, bills signed into law last year cut off welfare
benefits to illegal immigrants and require people applying
for professional licenses to show proof of citizenship or
legal immigration status. The Georgia Legislature passed
a bill last year that, among other things, requires a person
to show proof of legal status or citizenship before receiving
certain state benefits, such as welfare, and requires employers
to participate in a federal work-authorization program that
checks people's citizenship or immigration status. And in
Texas, Farmers Branch voters approved an ordinance May 12
that would ban landlords from renting to illegal immigrants.
But the ordinance has been challenged in court by a coalition
of Hispanic groups and businesses. The strong demand for
such legislation comes from illegal immigrants' perceived
burden on state and local governments, said Tony Payan,
a University of Texas at El Paso political science professor.
I think the [states] are saying, 'Look, we cannot
bear the burden on our taxpaying citizens when the benefits
are going elsewhere,' Payan said. That is what
really stings local communities. Rep. Leo Berman,
R-Tyler, who filed bills to stem illegal immigration, said
that's what constituents tell him. Fifty percent of
my e-mails have to do with illegal aliens, Berman
said. People are outraged that nothing is being done.
Anti-illegal immigration meeting State Rep. Randy Terrill,
the author of Oklahoma's tough new anti-illegal immigration
law, will speak to Citizens for Immigration Reform at 7
tonight at Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston
Road in Dallas. The meeting is open to the public.
by Ashley Mote MEP
Foreword by Lord Stoddart of Swindon Postscript by Trevor
Colman, former police superintendent, Devon and Cornwall
Constabulary Political correctness has hi-jacked our freedom
to discuss one of the burning issues of the day - immigration.
OverCrowded Britain will inevitably be condemned by the
politically-correct, few of whom, Ashley Mote suggests,
will bother to read it first. Which is why he argues for
a full, open and - if necessary - controversial debate on
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