Immigration to the UK Plunges by a Third

Graeme Wilson, The Sun, February 28, 2013

Britain’s net migration has plunged by a third after a clampdown on visas for bogus students, it emerged yesterday.

In just a year the number of people coming here compared to those leaving fell by 84,000—the biggest drop since records began in 1991.

There was a 20 per cent reduction in visas for foreign students, including a 69 per cent drop for English language colleges to 3,589.

There was also a 62 per cent visa fall for further education colleges to 31,587. But visas for universities were up three per cent to 156,537, the Office for National Statistics figures reveal.

The total number of immigrants coming to Britain fell from 589,000 to 515,000.

And the number of migrants saying “Hasta la vista” to the UK rose from 342,000 to 352,000. That gives a net migration figure in the year to June 2012 of 163,000—down from 247,000 in 2011. Immigrants from Eastern Europe dropped from 86,000 to 62,000 and from countries like India and Pakistan from 168,000 to 117,000.

Home Secretary Theresa May has vowed to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands”. Last night Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: “Our tough reforms are having an impact.”

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  • David Ashton

    I await Migrationwatch.UK’s comment on this subject. Number checks may not be good enough.

    The net ethnic balance is worth looking at.

    Numerous Romanians and Bulgarians will be arriving in due course; we have a good proportion of criminals from Romania here already. My own pocket was picked in a small seaside town some time ago by such visitors.

    • PesachPatriot

      I am sorry that you were pickpocketed. My late grandfather was born in romania…I hope you have met at least some good romanians. It seems that you guys get less immigration when the economy isn’t doing so great, just like the USA….It also makes me sad that english people are being victimized in their own country….when I was a kid i always loved monty python as well as king arthur, merlin, robin hood and blackbeard…I was luck enough to visit the tower of london and buckingham palace when I was younger.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        We know plenty of good Romanian folks here in Germany. We are not talking about them. We are talking about Gypsies, who bring their criminal culture with them, wherever they go. It is typical for the criminal media to refer to them as Romanians.

        • VJ

          They are correctly referred to as Roma (or Gypsies), not Romanians. There is a big difference.

          • Sherman_McCoy

            Correct. That is also my understanding. “Roma” is the preferred moniker for this “persecuted minority.”

        • IstvanIN

          They call the Gypsies Romanians to obscure their real heritage. Remember, it is ok to bad mouth white people, such as Romanians, but not non-whites, thus calling them Romanians. Just like George Zimmerman in this country became “white” when it was convenient to lynch him.

      • watling

        The amount of immigration has more to do with government policy than how the economy is doing. Indeed, if the economy in the UK is in recession you can bet it is also in recession or worse in Eastern Europe.

        But the motivations for immigrants to come to the UK (and to the West in general) are:

        when you flick a light switch the light comes on;
        when you turn on a cold water tap clean, drinkable water comes out;
        when you flush a toilet the stuff gets flushed away;
        the supermarket shelves are well-stocked with reasonably-priced food;
        just about any consumer item you could possibly want is available in the shops;
        when you’re sick you get treatment;
        your kids get an education;
        your rubbish is collected regularly from your home;
        when you call the emergency services for help they come;
        if you’re prepared to work you will almost certainly find a job;
        if you fall on hard times the state will help you;
        as long as you stay within the law you can live pretty much how you like.

        • Good comment, and I added an upvote, but I respectfully take issue with your last point. Many folks who are law abiding (in what you and I would likely interpret as the common sense meaning of that phrase) get caught up in webs of capricous regulations and rules, and have to constantly fend off politicians and social do gooders who look for every excuse to trample on personal freedoms.

      • David Ashton

        I am glad to qualify my comments for you and critics below. In 1967 as a young man I proposed and helped to organize a Commemoration of the 50-year Victims of Communism, and not only worked with refugee Romanians and Bulgarians but also managed to bring together in a huge, genuinely multinational gathering in the Albert Hall representatives of ethnic groups who had hostile memories of one another. It was a success ignored by the media and parliament.

    • Paleoconn

      They’re called Gypsies. Romanian is the media whitewash.

      • GM (Australia)

        As in “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves…”

        • Token Finn

          And they are not white. They may well pass for ‘caucasian’ at least, depending on the admixture, but have distinct genetic markers helping to prove their asian heritage. Since it seems that their culture is based on low IQ sociopathy, the ones who did not like acting like that either ended up dying celibate or were understandably avoided by the host society. The ones who had what it takes to break free of the tribe would have found a white or non-white mate and dilute themselves into the host population. Finally, a distinct percentage may have found mates in trashy whites, get some low IQ white genes and have kids swarthy enough to re-enter the gypsy pool.

          • Liberalsuck

            As much as I love Poles, Germans, Irish, Russian and such, I want white brits to have more kids and be in England; I want Russians in Russia to stay there and have more kids; I want Poles in Poland to have more kids;etc.

          • IstvanIN

            True diversity would mean a world where Poles live in Poland and Poland is theirs. Same for the British, and the Dutch, and the Italians, and so on.

          • jay11

            I have always wondered about ‘diversity’ activists. They want so much of it that whites get squeezed out, then when an area becomes a patchwork of asians over here, blacks over there, arabs over there, latinos over here, etc, then those diversity activists claim that the area is not diverse because there’s no whites, and then they go looking for white areas to ‘diversify.’ When non-whites take over an area, they DO NOT integrate together, but set up little ethnically homogenous territories. Is this not a sign for the stupid leftists that they are dooming what once was the greatest country in history?

          • David Ashton

            We had a Liberal Democrat leader called Simon Hughes (who has been careful to invite support from “gays” and Muslims alike) on TV recently, “explaining” that opposition to immigrant “diversity” only arises in areas hitherto ignorant of its joys, whereas diversified areas are quite happy with it. It does not need a genius to see through this misreading of the facts.

          • Steven

            Yes, I saw him saying that on the coverage of the Eastleigh by-election. If people are able to they normally leave ‘diversified’ areas. I feel sorry for the poor whites in his inner London constituency who can’t afford to do that. I am sure they aren’t as approving of diversity as he thinks they are.

      • David Ashton

        You have a point. The “criminals FROM Romania” include many “Roma” detested by decent Romanians who are glad to see the back of many of them. In fairness, when I was in hospital in Norwich over a year ago the medical and nursing staff in my ward were very efficient, but the kindest nurse of all was a young female Romanian.
        However, Britain has been a magnet for criminals from all over the world, including south-eastern Europe.

  • NYB

    Home Secretary Theresa May has vowed to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands”.

    Then stop issuing visas.

    They issued 117,000 visas to Pakistani immigrants and156,537 visas to ‘students’. The words don’t match the deeds.

  • sbuffalonative

    Britain’s net migration has plunged by a third after a clampdown on visas for bogus students

    Goodness sakes! You mean to tell me that actually following procedures results in catching bogus students.

    Who would have thought it was that straightforward? Apparently no one in government.

    • The__Bobster

      A 33% reduction in a huge number is still a huge number.

  • David Brims

    The word ” Net ” immigration is a nasty little word, it’s intention is to mislead.

    For example, if 500,000 White Britons left the country and 500,000 African / muslims came in, the Net immigration would be Zero, but you and I know the demographics of the nation would have been altered.

    To make an analogy, if you have a shopping basket with 6 apples in it, take them out and replace them with 6 oranges, you will still have 6 items in your basket, but it’s not the same, is it ?

    • Paleoconn

      Good point. and you know the only people leaving England are Whites.

    • charlie brown


    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

      Piers Morgan comes to mind. Here’s an Englishman who left his country and gets a job telling Americans how to be more like him by espousing the attitudes and policies that made Briton the emerging racial sinkhole it is today.

      • jay11

        Why doesn’t someone actually tell him that in a serious and thought-provoking way?

  • The__Bobster

    The total number of immigrants coming to Britain fell from 589,000 to 515,000.

    It’s still 515,000 too high.

    • GM (Australia)

      And they will continue to out breed native white Britons.

      • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

        The problem isn’t breeding, it’s overbreeding; there’s too many da#@ non-whites in the world and they all want into the countries where the people are white, soft and too generous. It isn’t the breeding, it’s the feeding.

        • liberalsuck

          Whites will not only have to push back really hard, but will need to breed like crazy.

  • Oswald Mosely

    One measure that Teresa May might implement to reduce net migration would be to provide financial assistance to White families leaving the country to make better lives for themselves elsewhere.

  • The key word is NET, if 1 million whites left, and 1 million 10,000 bangladeshis came in, you’d have 1 million fewer whites and 1 million more migrants, but NET migration would be 10,000 which doesn’t sound too bads does it.

    • It is NOT a matter of net immigration. The number of actual Indian immigrants has gone down in absolute terms.

      A bit of good news for once, why decry it?

      • I can prove beyond question that immigration has gone up, because if Gross immigration had actually gone down, our politicians wouldn’t be using the Net figure.

  • bigone4u

    Britain is in a serious economic downturn, which automatically cuts immigration. Interpreting the drop as being a result of a policy change is not completely truthful. But hey, I’m used to government lying to us. Aren’t you?

    • David Ashton

      Depends on welfare available to newcomers and cheap labor in certain fields parallel to a collapse of established industries.

  • crystalevans

    But they still do not know how many illegals have come off the back of lorries from Calais, France to the UK? They can catch some, but not all.

  • Bantu_Education

    Shutting the gate after the horse has bolted..!! Why does this idiom spring to mind?

  • KenelmDigby

    It’s a damned lie.
    The British government deceives the public, (and has succeeded in doing so), by using the statistical trick of publishing NET immigration figures (ie White Britons emigrating are counted as a minus), and not the actual GROSS number of immigrants who have entered.
    – The change in the gross numbers, (which are the only statistics worthy of consideration), is markedly smaller.

  • KenelmDigby

    The other week, British PM, David Cameron proudly announced to the Indians a true ‘open door’ immigration policy for Indian students and graduates.
    No doubt Cameron did this in exchange for some ‘trade concessions’ the wily Indians managed to trick out of him, it was an attempt to ‘curry favor’ (pun intended!) with the Indians.
    It was also a dirty little trick from a man who lied to the British public about his intent to cut immigration.
    It will also prove to be a huge mistake, as you can be certain that Indians will exploit it to the hilt.

    • IstvanIN

      Does Cameron realize he rules over a tiny island with a relatively small native population and that India is a huge nation with a huge population? that Britain has been swamped?

      • jay11

        I often wonder about that very issue. England proper is smaller than most states within India. How many people do the leftists think they can fit on a small island?

      • Steven

        Cameron is a moron. His very expensive education at Eton College hasn’t produced much in the way of a return. His mother is still alive. If she had any sense, she would ask Eton if they do refunds.

      • David Ashton

        Despite his university work, he seems as ignorant of history as his predecessor Blair. He is the PR front to the PC section of the parliamentary pantomime horse.

  • Whirlwinder

    England is much like America in that they really do not need more immigration. Why not cut it off for a while and assess where they are. If they want their culture to survive, they would do well to study Islam and begin encouraging them to go home.

  • Shattered

    That’s still 2/3 too much immigration occurring. Then there’s the issue of repatriation…

  • aj

    I was a foreign exchange student in Londonistan. For some horrible reason I was assigned a flat with the Asian students on campus while all the other Americans were all housed together. NONE of the 3 South Asian students in my “flat” (basically just an apartment) had any intention of ever leaving after graduation. They all expressed interest in working for a company that would pull strings to let them immigrate or just refuse to leave. What is more they had a female South Asian illegal immigrant living in our student housing unit! She would shave her legs and leave thick piles of black leg hair all over our bathtub. Yech!!

    Allowing foreign students is just another source of unrestricted immigration.

  • Fr. John+

    Now, if they merely said, “If you’re white, and have great-grands who were English, Irish, Scottish, or Welsh, and still want to work, come home, and you’ll be granted British Citizenship, you’d have all the ‘immigrants’ you wanted, with few of the ‘multicultural problems.’ But the current Liberals seem hell-bent on making ‘Rivers of Blood’ a reality, sixty years after the fact.

    • David Ashton

      EU regulations “prohibit” this.
      In fact, there was an attempt four decades or so ago to introduce a nearly similar policy known as “patriality”, but it was gradually ignored as a result of “secondary chain-migration” from south Asia, asylum claimants, illegals of various sorts.
      The Cultural Marxists were interested in using “race and gender” to trigger “class” conflict.

  • jay11

    Articles like this are meaningless. The illegal, unknown ‘immigrants’ are never part of these figures, and if any government official pins a number on illegals, it is always VASTLY underestimated. Remember in the States a while back the government was talking about 15-30 million illegals? Now the Obama administration never says there’s more than 11-12 million illegals. All I know is that everywhere I go, I am one of the few American faces I see. Yugoslavia is our future in 20-30 years, no doubt.

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