Daily Express Says An Area Five Times The Size Of Manchester Will Drown In Migrants
THE Daily Express and Daily Mail lead with news of migration.
The Express states:
It’s always a “flood” of human misery in the Express.
Is this story any more corect than untrue anti-immigrant stories that have gone before, such as ‘Swan Bake‘, ‘Asylum Seekers Eat Our Donkeys‘ and ‘Failed asylum seeker who has dodged deportation for a decade told he can stay…because he goes to the GYM‘?
Dunno. It’s guesstimate by anti-migrant group MigrationWatch.
And of that “flood”? The Press Complaints Commission’s guidance note on refugees and asylum seekers states:
The Commission is concerned that editors should ensure that their journalists covering these issues are mindful of the problems that can occur and take care to avoid misleading or distorted terminology
Take this story from 2011.
Wow. “Immigration soars 20% in a year.” That’s a lot. The story (still live on the paper’s website) tells readers.
The number of foreigners coming into Britain surged by a massive 21 per cent last year, shattering the Government’s pledge to bring immigration down. Official figures yesterday showed the number of immigrants soared to 239,000 – up from 198,000 in 2009.
Wrong. “Immigration” is net migration, which rose 21% between 2009 and 2010.
The provisional estimate of net long-term migration to the UK in the year to December 2010 was 239,000, an increase of 21 per cent on the estimate of 198,000 in the year to December 2009… The provisional estimate of total long-term international immigration to the UK in the year to December 2010 was 575,000. This level has been broadly maintained since 2004.
The number of immigrants coming to the UK went up by 1.4% between 2009 and 2010.
So. How does the Express illustrate today’s scoop?
It is the equivalent of the population expanding by the size of Manchester every four years, a report warned last night.
The report is by MigrationWatch, an outfit Express hacks reach by pressing f9 on their keyboards.
These reports serve only to spread fear. They offer no helpful insight into a debate on migration. The debate is narrowed into one of population growth and economic benefit, ignoring the big picture on our aims for an aspirational society.