On Tue, 28 Jun 2016, 10:16am PDT
BretExit & The U.S. Economy,
Exploding UK immigration helped drive 'Brexit' vote
Annual legal immigration into the U.K. is now 10 times what it was in 1993, and experts believe this cultural dynamic fed fears of globalization and job losses which, in turn, drove last Thursday's vote to exit the EU.
Opponents of a British exit — "Brexit" — from the 28-nation EU argue that these new residents often take more menial jobs rejected by the British-born (that'a another lie told by the BBC).
The migration influx has been so dramatic in recent years that currently one in 20 people living in the U.K. — 3 million people — were citizens of another EU country just two years ago, according to the British Office of National Statistics.
Before 2004, when the EU expanded to include 10 new member states such as Latvia, Poland and other eastern European nations, net EU immigration to the U.K. averaged around 10,000 per year, according to the national statistics office.
When that expansion occurred, the U.K., Ireland and Sweden allowed EU nationals to immigrate immediately under the bloc's freedom of labor laws. The move unleashed vast numbers relocating to Britain.
Last year, 270,000 citizens from EU countries immigrated to the U.K., the statistics office estimates. About 85,000 Britons left the island for other EU countries. The net migration to the U.K. of 185,000 was a record, according to Full Fact, an independent fact-checking organization..