A “barmy” Article In “the Economist”


Education, Migration Trends, Population, Visas/Work Permits

The cover story of this week’s Economist claimed
that immigration was the governments “barmiest” policy which was “crippling
business and the economy”. 

Analysis: These claims are wildly
exaggerated.  In the last available year
(to Q2 2012) the facts are that[1]:

Intra-company
transfers were slightly up to nearly 30,000.

  • Work
    permits were up 15% to nearly 9,000 but still less than half the cap.
  • Student
    visas to mid-2012 were at a similar level to those in 2008 before the new
    system generated extensive abuse.
  • Overall,
    visas fell by 15% in the year to mid-2012 compared to the previous two years –
    mainly due to a reduction in students.

The article makes the familiar claim that 80% of
students return home at the end of their course. In fact, they are “no longer
in the immigration system” but this is certainly not proof that they have left
the UK[2]

On Polish immigration the leader claims that
they have contributed “far more to the public purse” and that they “claim fewer
benefits” but this cannot be known as nationality data is not recorded.  Most Poles work in jobs that pay close to the
minimum wage but only workers who earn more than £25,700 per year pay net tax[3].

Comment:   The report is riddled with errors but it is the
case that Labour’s Points Based System replaced common sense with a box ticking
bureaucracy in a failed attempt at “objective” decision making.  This needs correcting.

 


28th October 2012

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