Euro crisis worsens and Spanish flock to Britain

UKIP gets it right. The delusions of the eurocrats cannot mask the reality that Britain has become a place of economic exile for mainland Europe. The latest figures from Spain are staggering

by the commentator on 2 March 2014 16:32


There isn't a Brit alive who has anything against the Spanish. UKIP has been warning about this for years, and doing so without a trace of hostility to mainland Europeans who are suffering from the folly of the euro. Spanish immigration has risen 36 percent in just one year.

What, UKIP asks, is the average Brit supposed to make of this (see source here)?

"Britain's Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed in a report published on Thursday that 51,730 Spaniards went to work in the UK in 2013, far higher than the 38,080 in 2012.

"The figures are based national Insurance number allocations to adults.

"Before the economic crisis only around 10,000 Spaniards worked in the UK, but with unemployment in Spain currently around 26 per cent, the job market in Britain, where there is only about 7 per cent unemployment, has become comparatively attractive."

While the European Commission claims all is going swimmingly, it is worth reprising this. Main points as follows:

1. "Spain has now seen six straight years of job destruction. Some 198,900 jobs disappeared in Spain last year, and 3.5 million have vanished since the country's crisis began in 2008."

2. "There are 1,832,300 households in Spain where nobody has a job. That is 1.36 percent more than a year earlier."

3. "686,600 households in Spain have no income at all — not even social security. That is twice the figure seen in 2007, or before the crisis struck."

4. "More than 3.5 million in Spain have been out of work for at least a year — that's 61 percent", of the total number of unemployed.

5. "Spain's new jobs are of poor quality. The number of ongoing positions in Spain fell by 269,000 in 2013 while the number of temporary contracts rose by 81,300."

6. "Some 69,000 found work in 2013, but unemployment actually rose in the final three months of the year... because the number of 'active' people in Spain -- those working, or seeking employment -- actually fell by 267,900 last year, leaving a smaller pool of people fighting for the same jobs.

"Many people -- especially those in the 16–35 age group -- have simply given up looking for work, or have left the country... [and] are no longer included in the official figures."

7. "Working Spaniards put in 5.86 million hours of overtime every week from October to December, up 18.4 percent on a year earlier. A total of 57.7 percent of those hours, or 3,38 million a week are unpaid."

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