When asked last week, why Britain let in immigrants who were a “constant drain” on public services, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, replied that he is in basic agreement with this assertion and went on to say that the immigration policy over that past decade has been far too lax.
But the prime minister’s agreement with immigrants being a constant drain remains at odds with last month’s OECD report. The report found that the immigrant population in the UK is generally younger and more economically active than most and contributed some £16.3bn to the economy representing 1.02% of GDP.
The term “welfare tourists” also needs to be looked at in the context that the DWP has determined that those born abroad are far less likely to claim benefits than UK nationals. An interesting fact not reported by the Mail, is that of the 5.5m people claiming benefits in February 2011, only 371,00 were foreign nationals.
The Office for Budget Responsibility declared last week, again not reported in the Mail, that the country needs more not fewer immigrants in order to cope with such challenges of increasing debt caused by an ageing population. It says ” there is clear evidence that immigration has a positive effect on public sector debt – higher levels of inward migration are projected to reduce public sector net debt as a share of GDP”
There seems to be a dichotomy between what the government is declaring publicly and the way it is steering it’s policies.
Citizenship Limited, owners of the only online video course for those taking the complicated Life in the UK Test, believe that the rhetoric used about immigration being a scourge and a drain, needs to stop. A true and fresh approach is required in order to educate the public about the benefits of a multiracial society. This does not mean blanket tolerance but a more measured approach to the issues of immigration.