Boris Johnson gets EU immigration figures completely wrong in BBC interview
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Boris Johnson gets EU immigration figures completely wrong in BBC interview

November 18, 2019


 Boris Johnson got his figures all wrong when quizzed on migration this morning.  He incorrectly claimed that both EU and non-EU migration are in equal proportion  It’s actually closer to 20/80 EU to non-EU.   The Prime Minster insists that a Conservative government would be able to reduce immigration after Brexit  Johnson also made clear he had no intention to replicate the numerical targets for immigration set by his predecessors  The Tory party pledge to get immigration down to ‘tens of thousands’ has never been met    Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Johnson said he was “in favour of people coming to this country”, but claimed immigration had put public services under pressure    “It has in some sectors helped to keep our wages down,” he said.  When pressed on the proportion of people coming into the UK –  according to the latest official figures  – were from within the EU, Mr Johnson said: “Came from within the EU? From memory the total net migration proportions are about 50-50, but I may be wrong about that ”  The presenter Rachel Burden pointed out: “You are wrong about that.“    She continued: “According to the latest official statistics – over 200,000 came from outside the EU according to the 2019 statistics, and around 59,000 within the EU ”  The figures were released earlier this year representing the lowest level of EU net migration to the UK since 2009  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said net migration from outside the EU had risen to its highest level in 15 years in the same period  Earlier on Friday, Mr Johnson told BBC Breakfast: “I do think myself we’ve been running very high rates of immigration for a long time  “I’m a pro-immigration politician. I think immigration can be a wonderful thing  “I happen to think the rates you’re talking about have been very high and what we will be able to do once we come out of the EU, in January, is we will be able to take control of our borders ”  He continued: “When it comes to unskilled immigration, for people who don’t have a job to come to, we will get the numbers down Overall, as a result, it will be lower. I can’t give you a figure.  “If you forgive me I’m not going to get into a numbers game  “People have got into plenty of difficulty of satisfying those particular targets ”

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  1. I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT BORIS JOHNSON IS POLITICALLY IGNORANT – THIS MORNING ENDORSED THAT; HE BLUNDERED & BLUSTERED, FLOUNDERED & FLUSTERED.

  2. Boris Johnson Didn't Get The Immigration Wrong. The BBC Is Always Gets It Wrong Not Boris. The BBC Is Always Thick Because The BBC Always Supports Them.

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