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UK Net Immigration Rises 21%

Long-Term International Migration (LTIM) to/from the UK 1991-2009

統計続きになるけれど、今日の国家統計局(Office for National Statistics)の発表によると、昨年のNet Immigration(入移民超過:イギリスに来た移民数から海外へ移民した人の数を差し引いたもの)の数が23万9千人と、19万8千人だった2009年に比べ、21%増加した。イギリスへの移民数は過去5年間、50万人強と安定しているのだが、世界的経済不況で国外の雇用状況が悪化しているなか、海外に仕事を求めて出て行く人の数が減ったことが原因だそうだ。

イギリス人の海外移住が減る中、EU各国、特に「A8」と呼ばれる、2004年に新規加入した中東欧諸国8カ国(チェコ共和国、ポーランド、ハンガリー、スロバキア、スロベニア、エストニア、ラトビア、リトアニア)からの労働者が増加。その数は2009年の5千人から3万9千人に急増、その3人に2人はポーランド人だという。また、移民の3分の2はEU圏外からで、そのうち15万1千人は「new Commonwealth(新イギリス連邦)」と呼ばれる国々、特にインド、パキスタン、バングラデシュの出身。留学はイギリスに来る目的の最多を占め、昨年の外国人留学生数22万8千人のうち4分の3がEU圏外からだそう。

政府はこの入移民超過数を減らすため、Work Permit(労働ビザ)発行数の上限を設定したり、学生ビザを隠れ蓑にイギリスに働きに来る自称「学生」を根絶し留学生数を減らすために怪しげな学校への規制を強化したりと、策を講じてはいるが、海外への移民数とEUからの移民数はコントロールできないため、あまり効果はなさそうだ。

近年、EU圏外からの外国人はイギリスビザが取りにくくなり、ビザが取れても色々規制が多いとよく聞く。労働ビザ申請が上限に達したためビザが取れないこともあるし、以前学生ビザで週20時間働けたところ、新しいシステムでは10時間が限度だ。

イギリス人はよく移民増加をポーランド人や東欧人のせいにするけれど、そもそも前政権が好況時に安価な労働力を期待して、A8諸国からの移民数に制限を設けなかったことが原因(他の西欧諸国は上限あり)。自分たちの選んだ政治家のしたことを棚に上げ、違法行為など何もしていない東欧人のせいにするなんてフェアじゃない。可哀想なのは折に触れてバッシングされる東欧人と、移民増加のツケを払わされるEU以外の人々なのだ。

The Office for National Statistics has revealed today that net migration in the UK rose by 21% last year with 239,000 more people arriving than those leaving, from the total at 198,000 in 2009. Immigration has been stable in past five years at a little more than half a million a year, but the reason of increase in net immigration is fewer number of people are emigrating due to worldwide recession resulting in less job opportunities abroad.

While fewer British are going abroad, more EU workers have been arriving, particularly from the Eastern and Central European “A8” countries, which are 8 of 10 countries that joined the European Union in 2004 (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). Its number jumped to 39,000 from 5,000 in 2009, and around 2 out of 3 of them are Polish. But Eastern Europeans are not the only ones to be blamed. Two third of the foreign migrants were from outside Europe, and 151,000 were from “new Commonwealth” countries such as India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Study was the most common reason for coming to the UK, and three-quarters came from outside the EU of 228,000 immigrant students last year.

The government has promised to reduce net migration, and the number of workers from outside the European Economic Area has been capped and bogus educational institutions have been regulated in order to crack down widespread abuse of the system to reduce foreign students. But there seems to be a little effect, as the government cannot control emigration and European workers.

In these years, I have heard many times that it is getting harder and harder for non Europeans to obtain UK visas and even you get it you will be regulated tighter than before. Some foreign workers are denied to get a work permit because total application has reached to the cap, and new visa scheme allows students to work only 10 hours a week, instead of 20 hours previously.

Often British blame on Polish and other Eastern Europeans for mass immigration, but they seem to forget the fact that their government was the one who decided not to put the cap on immigrants from A8 nations, in order to obtain cheaper labours and fullfil the request from the industries which desperately needed workforce during economic boom, whereas most of the western European countries set the limit. It’s not fair to blame the East Europeans who do nothing illegal, but they should criticise your own government! Poor Polish, and non-Europeans who have to pay the price.

London’s Battleground & Barricades: Students’ “Peaceful” Demonstration

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今日、論議の的だった大学の授業料値上げ案が、連立政権パートナーのLib Dem(自由民主党)や保守党の一部議員の反乱にも関わらず、賛成323・反対302の僅差で、庶民院で承認された。この法案により、これまで上限£3,290だった授業料が、上限£6,000、または特別な事情がある場合は上限£9,000に引き上げられる。メディアは「£9,000」に焦点を当てた報道をしているが、実際にはこの額が適用される可能性は低いという。授業料はすぐ支払う必要はなく、卒業後の収入が£21,000(今までは£15,000)を超えた時点で、政府に返済を始めればよいそう。返済率は年収の9%で、返済期間は最高30年(それを超えた分はチャラ)。貧しい家庭出身の学生には、奨学金の拡大や、年収£25,000以下の家庭は£3,250の補助が受けられるなど、手厚い保護が盛り込まれている(詳細→BBC保守党案参照)。

Today the government’s plans to increase university tuition fees has been approved by Commons to just 21 as 323 ‘yes’ and 302 ‘no’, despite a revolt by some Lib Dem and Tory MPs. According to this plans, the upper limit on tuition fees set to £9,000 with a lower threshold of £6,000, raising the cap from current £3,290. Though media focus on upper threshold of £9,000, it is only for exceptional circumstances and said to unlikely happen. Tuition fees will not be paid upfront, and graduates will make a contribution after they have left university and start to earn annual income of over £21,000 (raising from current £15,000). The repayment rate will remain at 9%, and outstanding debt will be written off after 30 years. There will be more support for students on low incomes, such as scholarships and maintenance grants of £3,250 (increase from £2,906) for those from families under annual income of £25,000 (see details →BBC / Tory’s plan).

それにしても、5万人が参加したと言われる今日の学生デモ!昨日も散々書いたけれども、一部学生の恥知らずの振る舞いは目も当てられない。ロシアのTV局RTは、「London’s Battleground & Barricades(ロンドンの戦場とバリケード)」と呼んだけれど、まさにその通り(写真はここ)。テレビでは一日中、デモの様子を流し続けていたが、警護に当たっている警官や警察馬に向かって、フェンスやプラカード用の木の持ち手、クラッカー、瓶、缶など手当り次第に投げる。驚いた馬から落馬した警察官が、怪我して重傷だそうだ。体に麻痺など残らないといいけれど。多くの学生が、マスクやスカーフで顔を隠しているのも卑怯。文句があるなら正々堂々とやればいい。国会審議が終わった後は街に繰り出し、腹いせに、オックスフォード・ストリートのTopShop(トップショップ)などのショーウィンドーを壊したり(持ち主のPhilip Greenがイギリスの税金を逃れているせいもあるけれど)、チャールズ皇太子の乗った車を襲ったりと、この場に乗じて、無礼講とばかりに、どこのチンピラだと思わせる行動をとる。世間知らずで現実離れしていたにしろ、政治的理想と世界平和のために戦った60年代の学生デモに比べ、授業料を払いたくないという自己都合だけで、癇癪を起こした子供のように振る舞う姿は、高等教育を受けているインテリとはとても思えない。それでいて、労働者階級の、フーリガンと呼ばれる熱狂的サッカーファンやchav(不良少年)をあざ笑ったりする。情けない話だ。

Today’s student protests against the plan were horrendous. As I wrote yesterday, some students’ behaviors were obnoxious and unacceptable. Russian TV station RT described today’s protests as “London’s Battleground & Barricades“, and it is perfect expression (more photos here). TV has been showing the protests all day today: students throwing missiles, anything from fences, wood sticks cans and bottles to even fire crackers toward policemen and innocent police horses on duty. One of the horse got scared with a thrown fire cracker, and a police officer fell and seriously injured – hope he wouldn’t be paralyzed… Many students cowardly wore masks and scarves, hiding their face. If you believe you are doing the right thing, be brave and show your face! These uncontrollable brats went out on a street and destroyed store front of shops including TopShop on Oxford Street (partly because CEO Philip Green avoids paying UK tax), and even attacked the royal car containing prince Charles. They are no better than thugs or gangsters, taking advantages from this chaotic situation. These students’ angers are quite selfish, in compare to student’s movement in 60s, when they fought for their political ideal and world peace though it was quite naive and too idealistic, but at least not about paying more money to YOUR education. I can’t believe that those ‘intellectuals’ in higher education behave like a kid with tantrum. And these are the same people, making fun of Hooligans and Chavs – that’s a laugh!

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