David Cameron’s Migration Pledge ‘In Tatters’, as Figures Reveal Net Immigration of 212,000

Nigel Morris, Independent (London), February 27, 2014

A large influx of workers from southern Europe has dealt a near-fatal blow to David Cameron’s promise to cut net annual migration to “tens of thousands” by next year’s general election.

It leapt by 58,000 to stand at 212,000 in the year to the end of September 2013, the Office for National Statistics has said.

The increase was mainly fuelled by soaring numbers of people coming from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece, where recession has left huge unemployment totals.

There were also rises in workers arriving from Romania and Bulgaria ahead of all restrictions over entry to the UK being lifted last month.

Migration from the European Union, a trend that the Government can do little to affect, is now at its highest level for 50 years.

Mr Cameron and Theresa May, the Home Secretary, have consistently championed the aim of cutting net migration below 100,000 by the election and have said they wanted to be judged on their success.

However, the figures have climbed for the last three quarters and ministers may even struggle to bring it below 200,000 by the time they go to the country.

The figure has also risen because smaller numbers of Britain are emigrating.

Downing Street insisted the Prime Minister remained committed to his target. His official spokesman said: “That is absolutely the objective and we’re going to keep working towards that.”

But Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, said the promise was “in tatters”.

Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, whose party has disowned the target, said the Tory pledge was “unworkable” and said figures were “good news for British workers”.

He said: “As our economy recovers, fewer people are choosing to emigrate as they see more job opportunities at home.”

Immigration of non-EU citizens saw a statistically significant decrease to 244,000 in the period, down from 269,000 the previous year, suggesting that Government curbs were having an impact outside Europe.

Statisticians said this was due to fewer New Commonwealth citizens, such as those from India, migrating to the UK for formal study.

The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said the figures suggested it was extremely unlikely Mr Cameron would achieve his migration target.

Tim Finch, associate director for migration at the IPPR thinktank, said: “It makes little sense to try to drive down immigration across the board because some forms of migration are clearly beneficial to the UK economy, like foreign students and high-skilled workers.”

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  • D.B. Cooper

    Remember who Cameron is descended from.

    • Sangraal

      It’s not that he is descended from the Hanovers that matters, it’s that he acts as if he, nor any other Briton, has any such historical ancestry whatsoever, as if we are all just cut from the same universalist humanist cloth as any Asian or African, with no blood-ties to our land or our kin. A man who took his historical British descent seriously, whether it was from prince or pauper, would not sign away his land so readily. If anything, one would think a man descended from a royal lineage would put himself and his actions in the context of history, and understand that signing away the realm of his ancestors is a gross betrayal of them, and their descendants today. Cameron either understands this and doesn’t care, or is completely ignorant and negligent of the weight of British past on his shoulders.

    • Laura Dilworth

      who

  • Spartacus

    David Cameron is not really British. He’s one of the ….

    • Steven Barr

      Are you sure about that? I’m as suspicious of “the chosen” as anybody but we can’t just go throwing around the accusation because we dislike a person.

      • Spartacus

        From Wikipedia :

        • Sangraal

          How far back do you have to go before Jewish ancestry becomes irrelevant?

          Cameron’s ancestry says more about the prescence of Jews among the British (and European) social elite than about him as an individual.

          • Spartacus

            His actions show it’s not at all irrelevant …

  • Truthseeker

    I’m sure this comes as a surprise to absolutely no one. All these white elites feel guilty for having had good ancestors that left them an abundant inheritance, and until they’ve given it all away, their guilt will not be assuaged. They just can’t help “sharing,” because they have no confidence in their right to be themselves anymore.

    • David Ashton

      Like foreign aid, the forcible transfer of earnings from the poor in rich countries to the tyrannical rich in poor countries.

      • dd121

        I think you’ve hit upon a very accurate insight.

    • Sick of it

      The only inheritance they give away is that which belongs to OTHER people.

    • wildfirexx

      As we’ve given these political sheep herders the responsibility of managing and protecting our white European heritage, they’ve instead been busy trying to destroy our racial identity and European culture… by forcing diversity, encouraging racial intermarriage, and displacing our people with foreign aliens.

  • sbuffalonative

    Just like telling us they’d build a wall, out politicians LIE to placate us and just let everything run as usual until they get caught later down the line. When there’s no oversight and they don’t get caught for years, the damage is exponential.

  • WR_the_realist

    Here in the U.S. of A. I’d be delighted to hear that annual immigration had been cut to 212,000.

    We get that many legal immigrants every two months.

    • Steven Barr

      Net migration is the difference between those who arrive and those who leave. There are around 400 thousand leaving and around 600 thousand arriving.

      • frederickdixon

        It’s worse than that because they muddy the figures by including the numbers of UK citizens emigrating or returning home after a spell abroad. The actual net immigration of non-UK citizens is around 280,000. The only, and very faint, glimmers of comfort are that the numbers are not as great as they were a decade ago – net non-UK immigration in 2004 was 342,000, and that a much higher proportion (although still a minority) is European.

        • Bantu_Education

          Regradless, the damage has already been done, the Alien beasts are loose and breeding like flies in our earthship.

  • Sangraal

    So over the past few months, while our politicians have spouted platitudes about how they ‘got it wrong’ on immigration, and how they were taking the hitherto unheard plight of millions of native Britons seriously, immigration has actually increased. Would that I was the least bit surprised. These people have no shame, they lie through their teeth.

    Either they are deceitful and malicious, or they are completely powerless under the yoke of the globalist plutocrats (or both). Either way, they’ve got to go.

    And what is this nonsense about the numbers going up because of decreased emigration? That has no effect on the number of immigrants whatsoever, only on the total population. As if increased immigration would be more acceptable if more natives were leaving! That says a lot about their priorities.

    • bilderbuster

      Stop Immigration! Start Repatriation!

  • Steven Barr

    To be fair, the immigration is mostly European. Third world immigration is at the lowest level it’s been in a long time.
    You could say our main demographic threat is not immigration but miscegenation and high ethnic minority birth rates.

    • Sangraal

      Granted, but bear in mind that although those immigrants are coming from Southern Europe, they are not nescessarily all Southern European. For many Africans, Southern Europe is a gateway to Europe as a whole. Once they’re in Italy, their in the EU.

      But I agree that birth rates are a greater threat at this point.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Bear in mind, nothing is ever as it appears in these issues.

        For example, the latest (standard) tactic of the Left in America is to attack from the victim position. There are 10s of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ from around world. Maybe millions at this point? A woman I know who works as a nurse in a prominent hospital in Boston says they are flooded with anchor babies flying in from Africa.

        The Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese have been flying into the west coast to plop out babies since the 1980′s. It’s an industry that is called ‘birthing tours’. An industry exploiting the birthright citizenship loophole in our charter. The Greaseritos live closer, so they just drive or walk across the border to plop out their meal tickets.

        The cumulative effect of all those years/babies means there are probably millions of anchor babies with parents who want to redeem their DNA coupons. This latest round of immigration chatter is probably an ‘anchor baby’ redemption scheme. Presumably a long term ‘population warfare’ strategy hatched by an Alinsky-type back in the 1960s. The Demo-rat politicians will probably work the ‘anchor baby’ clause into the fine print of the bill as they always do. “We will have to sign the bill before you know what’s in it”. And they use those children/citizenship coupons as human shields in their propaganda. And how do the Demo-rat shysters word it?

        “….Keep families together…”…”Do it for the kids…”
        .

  • Truth Teller

    The majority of the native population of England, not Scotland or Ireland is descended from the bastard children of English royalty. James 2 and Charles 2 have about 500,000 known descendants..

    • frederickdixon

      One of the commonest Y chromosomes in the west of Ireland has been traced to Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King in the third century but killed by the Romans while raiding in the English Channel. Niall is the earliest historical personage to have left a known and continuous line of descent to the present day, but the prevalence of his Y chromosome in parts of Ireland only tells us what we all know – that early Kings had rather more breeding opportunities than most of us.

      • KevinPhillipsBong

        My maternal grandfather was one such bearer. No Niall, no me.

      • Petronius

        I’ve got the Y chromosome marker R-M222 which indicates descent from Niall of the Nine Hostages in the direct male line. There are about 2 to 3 million men carrying the R-M222 marker, but it’s still good enough to get me a free drink in almost any pub in Ireland, north or south.

        Mrs Petronius is a Plantagenet descendent in multiple direct lines, which makes our daughter a princess. Mrs P has a better blood claim to the British throne than any of that current crop of Germans.

      • bilderbuster

        Fornication Under Consent of King.

    • Bantu_Education

      So, even if that’s true, then it only represents 1% of the English population – hardly a majority then?? An absurd statement from anyone let alone someone who calls himself “truth teller”. Change your name or speak sense, thanks.

      • frederickdixon

        I’m surprised that after more than three hundred years Charles and James don’t have rather more descendants. If you go back far enough you will be descended from anyone then alive who left descent, thus all English people are statistically certain to be descended from both Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror, which is rather a pleasant thought. The case of Niall is a little different because, in addition to all those Y chromosomes he has left identifiable descent in the unbroken male line.

    • Truth Teller

      Nobility and such should count if it’s a large proportion of your ancestry. Being descended from a family of nobles is not the same as being descended from one hundreds of years ago.

  • Truth Teller

    Notice that concern is raised only about European immigrants.

    • Long Live Dixie

      Not so. Third Worlders first stop in southern and eastern Europe, then take advantage of the EU’s liberal rules to move further into Europe. So, when the article talks about immigrants from Greece, for example, there is a good chance they are talking about Syrians or Africans whose first landfall in Europe was Greece. As for Bulgaria and Romania, most immigrants from those countries are Gypsies.

      • Truth Teller

        No upper class person would want to immigrate to Europe. It’s only the low class people.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Immigrants from southern Europe = 3rd world immigrants with European passports.

    The only solution to the problem of mass 3rd world immigration is white nationalist revolution.

  • wildfirexx

    European Jews should think of themselves as white Europeans and not as a separate race of people…anymore than a catholic or a protestant should think of themselves as a separate race. I wish they would identify more with their white European heritage, then their Jewish religion .

  • AndrewInterrupted

    So people living in university bubbles aren’t forced to work for a living and compete against those who do. Those who can: do. Those he can’t: teach.

  • Long Live Dixie

    Having a Jewish great-great-grandparent describes most of Europe.

    That is absurd. Most Europeans are not 1/16 Jewish.

    Scandinavians are just as sick with the multicultural disease as Jews.

    Scandinavians do not travel the world trying to break up racial solidarity wherever they find it while simultaneously maintaining their own homeland as a racial state.

  • wildfirexx

    two things wrong with foreign students from the third world…
    1. after graduation 1/2 of them don’t want to go back to their homeland, but want to stay and bring their extended family over with them.
    2. And some of those that do return, take our western ideas and technology with them,… turn around, and start competing against the western countries that just educated them.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      I can think of two more problems (there are many!) with foreign students from 3rd world countries:

      3. Their educations are mostly subsidized by U.S. funds, not their own personal resources.

      4. They steal jobs from students on campus and are a source of cheap labor for professors.

      Also, one of the 9/11 hijackers entered the U.S. on a student visa, yet they still allow these foreign parasites to invade the country on a massive scale. The government obviously doesn’t like white people or care about the fate of western civilization…

  • Truth Teller

    Do you think of Iraqi Jews as European?

  • Truth Teller

    Bantu-Education. You need to work on your reading comprehension. I did not write that there are 500,00 descendants of all 67 English monarchs since 871. I wrote that just 2 English Kings, Charles 2 and James 2 have 500,000 KNOWN descendants. Charles 2 and James 2 were just two Kings since 871. I counted disputed titles such as Matilda, Steven, Louis and Jane among the monarchs.
    The known descendants are the children of a monarch and a noblewoman. The children of servants and lower class women were often not acknowledged and provided the great marriages, inheritances and positions as the children of the noblewomen.
    Read and understand posts before you try to refute them.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Nearly everyone in western Europe has Jewish ancestry? That sounds ridiculous. Do you have any proof of that?

  • bilderbuster

    HA!
    Having a Jewish great-great-grandparent describes most of the Jews of Europe.

  • WR_the_realist

    The United States as a little more than five times the population of Great Britain and gets about five times as much immigration. So on a per capita basis the UK gets only a little more immigration than the U.S..

  • newscomments70

    Reverse immigration needs to be introduced into Western Politics. Empty promises to reduce immigration have become tiresome.