THOSE who tuned in to Radio 4 (April 14) and listened to the “Today” programme will have heard a report that indicated that the number of immigrants entering this country from Southern Europe are now close to the numbers that are entering from Romania and Bulgaria.
Included in the report were interviews with several residents in Spain who, in commenting on the situation, suggested that the reasons for it was that unemployment was high in Spain, that Britain had recovered better and quicker from 2007/8 recession than had Spain, was seen as being more modern and dynamic and, as a result, to present better job opportunities. All of these being seen in conjunction with a higher minimum wage than was available in their homeland.
Does this not suggest that, rather than Britain being dependent upon Europe for its future prosperity, many of the residents of the less resourceful and less successful countries within the EU are looking to us, the British, to throw a lifeline to them and, by doing so, ensure that they have a better future?
Does it not also suggest that these immigrants are not being dissuaded by the possibility that those who advocate “Brexit” from Europe may win the day?
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