Report by Jane Edwards.
I am not one of those Ukippers who froth at the mouth over Polish and other European workers – but seem to welcome Pakistanis and Africans. With the possible exception of the growing number of Romanian and Bulgarian Romas, our history shows that Europeans who have settled here have made little change to our ethnic make-up, in fact they have made us what we are as a nation. But such is the number now flocking to Britain through our membership of the EU that it is adding to the drain on the British taxpayers coffers, even though the majority have come here because they are good workers.
One of the hidden costs of EU immigration is £36 million a year from us taxpayers for payments to 40,000 children of immigrants who do not live here! This was revealed under data from the Department for Work and Pensions released at the end of August under the Freedom of Information Act. (D.Telegraph 29.8.13).
The Government figures also disclosed that 407,000 non-UK nationals last year received benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance. Of these 234,000 were from Asian and African immigrants and 139,000 were from European nationals.
Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of MigrationWatch UK said: “It is very striking that claimants from Poland and the other new eastern European member states have increased by nearly three quarters in just one year since they gained the same access to the UK benefit system as British citizens.
“Furthermore, these latest figures do not include working tax credit or housing benefit for which most east Europeans, being low paid, would qualify.”
Most British Democrats are pro-European but like many people on the continent think it is time to end the strait-jacket of the EU – the inheritors of the Soviet system. We should get out of the system and negotiate with fellow Europeans who comes here to work, and when, and how many can settle.