Immigration: How UKIP is missing an open goal

In the Daily Mail was a story that exposes UKIP’s immigration platform as flawed.

For we learn from Bulgaria’s ambassador to the UK,  Konstantin Dimitrov, that not one request from British employers to hire Bulgarian immigrants – where the paperwork was in order – has been refused since 2007.

Given that the restrictions on freedom of movement for Bulgarian nationals to come to the UK have not even lapsed yet, this is more evidence that the EU cannot be blamed for most of the immigration to these shores.  UKIP’s attempt to blame EU membership for the immigration explosion in this country may be music to the ears of many EUsceptics, but it undermines EUsceptic credibility because the reality is very different.

Popular as UKIP’s immigration demonisation focus may be with many of the party faithful, the BNP leaning constituency in the country and a fair number living in multi-ethnic areas, the fact that UKIP lays the blame for our immigration ills at the door of the EU is a fundamental error borne of ignorance, and represents the party missing a huge open goal.  Public anger and frustration, and UKIP’s campaign, should be directed at the real guilty party – the UK government.

Over two-thirds of immigrants to the UK come from non-EU countries.  Much of the immigration is from India and Pakistan, particularly through the rules permitting family members of those already here to come and join them.  Chinese, Africans, South Americans all come here in significant numbers.  This has nothing to do with EU rules and everything to do with global rules and domestic decision making by British politicians.

But UKIP is not attacking the UK government, despite it bearing responsibility for the number of migrants from non-EU countries it allows to stay in the UK, most of the total.  And for years prior to Bulgarians having the right of freedom of movement thoughout the EU, the UK government has allowed thousands of them to settle here.  UKIP could be making mincemeat of Labour and the Conservatives for their record on immigration.  But they are missing an open goal by focusing on EU migration, which even if it was stopped overnight, would reduce by less than a third the number of migrants coming here.

7 Responses to “Immigration: How UKIP is missing an open goal”


  1. 1 Sam Duncan 25/11/2013 at 2:47 pm

    I wonder how much UKIP’s immigration-focussed strategy stems from genuine ignorance of the reality, and how much is simply recognition that it plays well with the public. If it’s the latter, it’s cynical and will probably backfire in time, given the facts you point out, but at least it’s understandable for a small party trying to make its mark.

    Don’t get me wrong, though: I’m not trying to defend it. I hold no brief for the party, and really do wonder about this. Either way, it’s treading on thin ice.

  2. 2 DICK R 25/11/2013 at 3:05 pm

    ABSOLUTE BOLLOCKS MAS IMMIGRATION IS AT THE BEHEST OF THE EU NOBODY ELSE

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 25/11/2013 at 3:08 pm

    Dick, (how apt) congratulations on having the courage to display your rank ignorance and stupidity for everyone to see, without any sense of embarrassment or self awareness.

  4. 4 Gadfly33 26/11/2013 at 9:18 am

    Gosh where to start! Labour introduced the points based system for all non-EU countries…So immigration from non-EU countries is controlled. All UKIP want to do is apply that same system to EU countries. How radical!

    We don’t have open borders with India, Africa, South America, Middle Eastern countries – we do have open borders with 27 European countries. When a rich country opens the door to poorer nations, there is inevitably a big movement of people.

    As long as we are in the EU, and the EU keeps expanding then we shall be forced to have an open door policy with many more countries. After Bulgaria and Romania there will be more countries joining the EU. The ultimate goal (supported by the LibLabCon) is opening the door to 70 million people from Turkey.

    So we can never control immigration until we are out of the EU.

    And why should we say to some people – sorry you’ve got to jump through all these hoops to come to this country because your nationality is x, then say to another set of people, as many as you can come and claim benefits, take jobs, settle because your nationality is y. It shouldn’t matter where someone comes from. There should be one firm but fair rule for anyone wanting to come to this country – anything else is pure discrimination.

    (And yes UKIP most certainly is attacking the government over this)

  5. 5 Autonomous Mind 26/11/2013 at 9:56 am

    What an inventive response! So UKIP isn’t bothered about reducing immigration then? It just wants a level playing field? How is that points based system working out?

    So as far as UKIP is concerned, the more than two thirds of migrants coming here (from outside the EU) are not an issue. Only the less than one third of migrants, who come from the EU, are a problem because of the principle that their movement isn’t ‘controlled’.

    I would love to see these attacks on the government from UKIP, please do share the links. Thanks!

  6. 6 JabbaTheCat 27/11/2013 at 10:04 am

    “And yes UKIP most certainly is attacking the government over this”

    Am I allowed to stop holding my breath on this one?

  7. 7 John Sydenham 01/12/2013 at 1:08 pm

    This should be no surprise. The whole establishment wants this sort of thing kept quiet – See http://antiracistfront.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/heroes-of-anti-racism-british.html


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