Moira Eastman created the topic: Mothers, mothering and population, and migration
82% of population increase in the UK, 2201-2016, due to migration
Lord Green of Deddington, who is a Chair of Migration Watch, a former Ambassador to Syria, former Director of the Middle East in the Foreign Office, and experienced diplomat. On Nigel Farage radio program, 2018/08/25
Farage: “Andrew! Good evening! Are you with me?” Lord Green: “Yes I am Nigel” Farage: “So, firstly, can you just explain to us, how much our population has increased since the turn of the century?” Lord Green: “Well, it’s increased by about 8 million. From 2001, the total increase was 6.6 million. Between 2001 and 2016. But what we have done, for the first time I think, is to make the first proper calculation of how many of that increase was down to immigration. Now, some of that is obvious. The number of migrants is known. The number of children who came with them is known. But what nobody calculated, was how many children they have had after their arrival. Now, these children of course are not migrants, of course because they were born here, but clearly they’ve added to our population. So, when you do that proper calculation, which frankly the government could easily have done and never did, what we found was, that in that 15 year period, 82% of the population increase was down to immigration. This is just astonishing. Farage: “That’s five and a half million, roughly?” Lord Green: “Yes. 5.4 million exactly. What that means is that immigration is adding to our population, 1 million people every three years. It’s absolutely astonishing.
As you said at the beginning just now, it’s really not possible to talk about the impact on housing, or roads, or schools, or . . . unless you recognise that a major part of it, 82% is down to immigration. And just to take one example, housing, I mean that we will have to build a new home every five minutes night and day, just to house those new migrants. That’s the scale of it.” Farage: “Explain to me Lord Green, and I am completely with you on this matter, and you didn’t even mention traffic on the roads, of course 2½ million more cars on the roads in the space of five years, is again, directly linked to the size of the population. Why, why, why, is mainstream politics completely in denial on this subject? Lord Green: “I think for a number of reasons. I think a number of people are afraid they’ll be thought of as racist if they talk about immigration. And I think that applies quite widely in the bureaucracy, at sort of working level and lower level, they just don’t like to talk about it. I think it applies in the BBC as well, as a matter of fact. I think beyond that, we are approaching a point where voters, who are immigrants, who have family abroad who they would like to get here and so on, I think they are becoming a significant factor, or will become a significant factor in the calculations of the two major parties. Farage: “I’m sure. I’m sure. And particularly in urban areas, some of which in the outer areas are marginal.
Finally, Lord Green, is there any prospect of Brexit doing anything to take back control of our borders?” Lord Green: “Yes. If we achieve a clean Brexit, certainly. It will be entirely up to us to decide who we are going to have here. And what we have recommended is that we should only have people who would qualify for a work permit. That’s highly skilled people. The rest should be cut off completely, or cut off over time. Because they don’t add to our GDP per head, to our wealth per head, and they add to our numbers, and that cancels out the contribution they make. So yes, it is perfectly possible to say, ‘We’ll only have highly-skilled.” And what we need is a government that has the balls to say it.
Comment by Moira
Mothers and mothering are a bit like earthworms!
Earthworms are lowly creatures, never in the headlines, no brand recognition. No-one aspires to be an earthworm.
But they are essential to the health of our soils and the production of quality food.
Mothers sometimes feel as overlooked as earthworms. But they are not just vital to their babies and children and husbands. They are vital to economies and the wealth of nations.
A major factor in the migration crisis in the UK is that immigrant mothers have many babies, and UK mothers have far fewer than in the past, and fewer than they desire. Government policies, especially child support and taxation, affect the number of babies that mothers have.
A major factor in the migration crisis in Europe is that women have stopped having babies. Well, not stopped, but much reduced.
Perhaps this will remind economists and politicians, and bureaucrats, that mothering is work. Mothering is productive work. Mothers need to be supported in the work of mothering.
Last edit: 3 months 3 weeks ago by Moira Eastman. Reason: Clarify a point.