Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Rowntrees' pastiche of a survey: more hopeless immigration data
This is to be expected given that the one publicised today is by the Rowntree Foundation, which has form in recently recommending that failed asylum seekers should be allowed to work.
First, it entirely ignores the source of most settlement: those outside the EU from the Indian subcontinent and sub-Saharan Africa.
The skew is particularly true of this survey because it is an old one: based on interviews with migrants BEFORE their countries acceded to the EU in May 2004. Ask those in the much bigger influx post accession, who are aware of their full right to be here, and they will much more likely be coming here for keeps, and be more willing to say so. Most of those who came from places like Poland before May 2004 had come in as bogus self-employed people under the ECAA scheme (that I had revealed to be a total sham); so they had much to hide re how they had hoodwinked the immigration authorities.
The hopeless under-estimation of problems that this survey shows is indicated by a ridiculously small estimate of the totals of Poles here in Britain. When BBC Newsnight interviewed the main rep for Polish migrants in London in July last year, he told them that there were about a million of his fellow countryman then living across the UK who had arrived since May 2004 (including the ECAA so-called self-employed who had come here ahead of this date).
What was not prominent in the publicity for the Rowntree findings was that even of those who had gone home, 90% were planning to return.