Wednesday, 13 February 2008

The jobs the British Bangladeshis won't do

First, read this extract from the Office for National Statistics website:
In 2001/02, among men, Bangladeshis had the highest unemployment rate in Great Britain at 20 per cent - four times that for White British or White Irish men.


The picture for women was similar to that for men, although the levels of unemployment were generally lower. Bangladeshi women had the highest unemployment rate of all at 24 per cent, six times greater than that for White British or White Irish women (4 per cent each). The rate for Indian women was slightly higher than for White women at 7 per cent.

For all ethnic groups unemployment was highest among young people aged under 25. Over 40 per cent of young Bangladeshi men were unemployed.
Now, consider the following news story:
The Home Office is being urged to ease restrictions on migrant workers entering Britain from Bangladesh, to avert a crisis in the curry industry.

Curry houses are struggling to fill thousands of kitchen staff vacancies, says the Immigration Advisory Service.

For years, many staff in the UK's 9,000 curry restaurants have been recruited directly from Bangladesh.

But restrictions on the workers have been tighter since eastern Europeans were given employment rights.

So, there are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of unemployed home-grown Bangladeshis, and yet the (publicly-funded) Immigration Advisory Service (whose head, former Tory MP and convicted fraudster Keith Best, feels that immigrants make better citizens than the native British) wants to import thousands more Bangladeshis to carry out what is, for the most part, fairly unskilled work. Not very logical, is it? Unless, of course, the IAS's aim is simply to get as many immigrants into the country as possible...


Moomintroll said...

This only goes to show how ridiculous and damging to this country unrestricted immigration is.
Then again, the Independent is always telling us that we need more immigration, so it must be true.

Anonymous said...

Now I think about it, I'm not really that keen on curry anyway...

muzzylogic said...

Keith Best isn't the only one taking the majority's money to do it down. The BBC is up to its usual sob-story tricks here:

The dark haired widow closes her eyes and clasps her hands together under the desk in front of her in silent prayer. She seems oblivious to the judge, who describes how she fled Egypt for the UK in June, last year, or the suited solicitor who represents her. She speaks no English, but those of us in the stuffy, pastel blue courtroom for the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal session who do, hear that she is a Christian, from a small village, under persecution for her faith and for preaching. We hear that she has suffered attacks, seen her family farm burned down and been hauled in by the police for allegedly proselytizing.

Even if this woman's story is true, she has no more right to come here than I would have to go to Egypt if I were being persecuted here.

Asylum is so often in the news - and asylum seekers so often demonized - that it is a sobering experience to spend a day listening to the personal stories of some of those individuals who are, whatever the rights and wrongs of the issue, ultimately guilty of nothing more than seeking a better life for themselves.

Not a legitimate reason for seeking asylum. The UK won't be offering a 'better life' for much longer, thanks to mass immigration.