Skip to comments.Never mind immigration – what about Britain's emigration crisis?
Posted on 04/14/2011 11:28:26 PM PDT by Nachum
David Cameron wants to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands. To achieve it, he is talking up the Governments plans to cut immigration, setting off all sorts of political spats. But, even as the Prime Minister speaks, his government is actually closing in on the target. Not because immigration is falling, of course, but because emigration is increasing. Not for the first time in our history, we are witnessing an exodus of Brits. And they are increasingly the people we can least afford to lose.
Over 1,000 people leave this country every day. Of that number, around 40 per cent are British citizens. According to the OECD, 3.4 million British citizens already live abroad, around 7 per cent of the population. Only Mexico has more expatriates. More importantly, a very high proportion is highly educated 15 per cent of highly skilled Brits live abroad. Thats 1.3 million British graduates.
Large numbers of doctors, scientists and engineers in particular are fleeing each one educated at taxpayer expense and we are doing very little about it. Though the recession temporarily lowered emigration, it seems set to keep rising. That sucks away tax revenues, reduces the strength of the economy, and ironically, increases the demand for immigrants.
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Yes, that’s when we’ll know America is really toast. Lots of folks would probably like to leave - except there’s no place to go to. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are all arguably nicer in some ways, but all lack freedoms Americans take for granted. All have a political spectrum skewed to the left of ours.
[And when does the brain drain come to America. When our best and brightest realize they can do better elswwhere, they will seek greener pastures. ]
I’ve already moved some money out of country. Moving my businss to the Internt so I can skidaddle. I am sure I am not alone.
Too bad we can’t just emigrate Obama back to Kenya.
” I am sure I am not alone.”
The Brits can choose to live anywhere in the Commonwealth, but many have chosen to live in Florida. Floridians don’t seem to mind the English-speaking immigrants.
I would think the awful weather alone would cause people to leave.
English emigres are a small enough number that they can be absorbed into the world’s anglosphere.
America is a nation of 300 million. Where do we go that can absorb a similar %?
Nowhere. We have to make our stand here.
It's the well-kept secret that the weather is actually rather wonderful for a lot of the time (witness the arcadian spring of recent weeks) which keeps most of us here in Britain. The American myth about lousy British weather derives, I suspect, from the coincidence of large numbers of US servicemen based here in the 1940s and 50s with a lengthy sequence of abnormally cold and wet summers. What the article doesn't mention is that a significant proportion of British emigrants return in less than five years - having discovered that the grass isn't greener on the other side after all.
We would have left already, but there are no greener pastures until they open the moon colony. Unfortunately we don’t have the money to purchase our own island and military to defend it.
I’ve been there twice. Nasty cold and rainy both times.
Back to the south side of Chicago would be good enough for me
Sorry to hear that - I hope you’ll try again. It’s in the nature of this changeable maritime climate that it does indeed constantly change - as often for better as for worse. Here in the south west, normally one of the wetter parts of the country, there have been two half-days of rain in the last 12 weeks, and we’re not far off the familiar ritual of the water companies announcing a water shortage and a hosepipe ban. Last week warm winds from the Sahara and high pressure brought balmy days in the mid-70s - exceptional for April. But now we’re back to a cool 50. That’s the way it goes.