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EU migrants no longer want to live in UK

Is Brexit to blame?

Figures from the Office for National Statistics shows that Eastern Europeans in the UK are going home and Western Europeans aren’t bothering to come in the first place. Is Brexit to blame?

What it means: The EU net migration rate is the number of people who move to the UK from the EU each year minus the number who leave Britain for the EU (so it includes the movements of British expats). It is currently 93,000, which is its lowest level since 2012.

That should be good news for the Conservative government, who keep promising to significantly reduce net migration and then failing to come anywhere near their target. But a politically neutral research centre, the Migration Observatory, says the main reason EU migration has plummeted is because migrants don’t feel prospects for life and work in the UK are looking too good at the moment.

Most EU migrants move for work. But Britain isn’t producing new goods and services at as fast a rate as they were pre-Brexit. The pound is also weaker than the euro, meaning salaries paid in pounds don't buy as much on the continent as they used to. The end result is that Britain isn't as attractive to job-hunting migrants as it once was (our gloomy weather probably doesn't help matters).

 

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?