Anti-immigrant fail: People fail to name any kind of foreign worker they’d bar from the UK

Following on from yesterday’s video in which Ash Sarkar of Evolve Politics interviewed a man who seemed to think people were immigrating into the UK to take our jobs and lie around on benefits doing nothing, here’s another.

The BBC’s Nick Robinson went out to the people and carried out a very simple vox pop. He asked passers-by: “Should immigration be controlled?” If they said it should, he then asked “Who should we allow into the country?”

The result was, to say the least, informative:

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10 thoughts on “Anti-immigrant fail: People fail to name any kind of foreign worker they’d bar from the UK

  1. Terminator

    I know one kind of immigrant I would ban from the UK any that come here just on the hope of getting a job even if just for one day a week

  2. Zippi

    What I want is FAIR immigration. I want the person from Kiribati to have the same opportunity to come here as the person from Köln; the person from Accra to have the opportunity as the person from Amsterdam; the person from Madras to have the same opportunity as the person from Marseille and not for those in the E.U. to have an unfair advantage, just because of where they live.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Before the referendum, there were more immigrants into the UK from outside the EU than from within, if I recall correctly.

      1. Zippi

        I’m sorry, Mike but that doesn’t hold water. There are considerably more people outside of the E.U. than there are within it so, that makes perfect sense however, according to the Office Of National Statistics, in 2010, or thereabouts, almost as many people came here from the E.U. did from the rest of the world! There is no parity and it is this that I oppose. When my mother need help from a family member, for 6 months, following a major operation, she was denied. Had my cousin come from the E.U. we wouldn’t have even had to ask. That’s merely one example. You’ll have to talk to my mother about her 40 years in the N.H.S. I’m sorry but I get quite irked, when all I hear is E.U. immigration, like E.U. immigrants are the only people who matter. There are people in the rest of the world, too, many of whom in countries that this one colonised and had fight in its wars. Why do we not value those people as much? Aye, we need immigrant labour but why should it matter whence that labour comes?

      2. Zippi

        I stand corrected; there was a point in 2013, another in 2015 and after the E.U. Referendum, in 2016, E.U. migration closely followed non-E.U. migration; in fact, for a period, the figures are almost identical. Given how many more people there are outside the E.U. than in it, the E.U. is grossly over-represented in the immigration figures. Why is it that nobody who is anti-Brexit, or makes issue of the fact that people are concerned about immigration levels, notes this fact, or even takes it into account? The fact is that E.U. migrants are unfairly advantaged, both in terms of their ability to come here and in their support in the immigration debate. This, in my opinion, is just as bad as the people who hate immigrants. This is just based on the numbers.

  3. Growing Flame

    Perhaps Labour should campaign to control immigration apart from people doing a long list of jobs that we know need doing. In the end, as we could have predicted at the time of the Referendum, there won’t be much of a reduction in immigration at all if we actually want to have a functioning country. In which case, all the anti-immigrant Brexit voters will either feel “betrayed” (as they were bound to be!) or they won’t really notice any difference, in which case, why did they bother voting for Brexit in the first place?

  4. Barry

    The point is not so much where they come from but do they hold the relevant skills and qualifications to fill posts we can not fill

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