Tuesday, 24 February 2009

More migrant numbers to fight over

The new immigration figures from ONS give all the papers a chance to spin a story that fits their agenda. The lot released today (24 Feb 09) will be no different.

From The Guardian - The flow of Polish and other economic migrants from eastern Europe has fallen by more than 40% as the recession in Britain bites, according to the latest immigration figures published today. The Office for National Statistics said the number of work applications from the EU's former communist countries dropped to 29,000 in the last three months of 2008, down from 53,000 in the same period in 2007.

From the Mail - there are signs the weakening pound and a squeeze on jobs could be stemming the tide of workers from Eastern Europe.

Signs? Could be? A drop of 40% is rather more conclusive than that. If it was a 40% rise, do you think the Mail would say there were 'signs' that there 'could be' a rising tide of workers from Eastern Europe? No, of course not. It'd be splashed on the front page that we're being swamped by this 'tide' of foreigners who want our jobs and benefits.

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