A reader in the UK sends this reminder of an immigration issue that is getting almost no public discussion:
This is a completely unreported issue in the UK. In addition to the ongoing flood of legal and illegal immigrants and the huge increase in overseas students (largely from China), the government is proposing to bring in 500,000 immigrants from Hong Kong. This is despite the fact that the most recent government stats (from 2019) show that 25% of working-age people in England, Scotland and Wales were economically inactive or seeking employment.
An article from CapX is totally in favour of this influx, and states that the people of the UK support it. The fact is that they know nothing about it because the MSM does not report on immigration — other than the odd Daily Mail article about illegal cross-channel entry. This is something that people here need to know about — not that there is much chance of stopping it, as all political parties are firmly in favour.
Excerpts from the CapX article:
As Hong Kong marked this weekend a quarter-century since the handover of from UK to China, the next chapter in this story of the end of empire — or perhaps transition between empires — is set much closer to home.
The arrival and settlement of Hongkongers will be a central British migration story of the 2020s. More than 125,000 Hongkongers have secured a British National (Overseas) visa since the programme was launched in January last year. It appears likely that between 250-500,000 Hongkongers could come to live in Britain over the next few years. Whatever the scale, new arrivals from Hong Kong will join the post-war Windrush generation, the Ugandan Asians of half a century ago and the Polish workers who came after 2004 among the iconic examples of Britain’s long history of migration and integration.
Welcoming this new wave of migration via the BN(O) visa route was a conscious choice, one of the first big immigration policy decisions as to what post-Brexit Britain would do with its new immigration controls. There was (and still is) a broad, cross-party, civic and public consensus that this was the right thing to do — given Britain’s historic responsibilities, China’s new security laws and indeed the positive contribution that Hongkongers could make to Britain.
The issue of immigration from Hong Kong is a reminder that not all cultural enrichment comes from Islamic countries or the Third World.
I suppose native Brits should console themselves with the thought that at least the new arrivals from Hong Kong won’t threaten to kill them if they don’t convert to Taoism…