Saturday, 13 March 2010

Interesting Fact of the Day.

As you may have noticed, I like facts- especially facts that undermine arguments that promote bigotry and discrimination. And, usually I like to save said facts until a topical news story comes up, and then show how people, usually politicians, are talking nonsense. But, I found this one and I thought it was too good not to share (plus it is something that I and probably most of you have long suspected).

There are more British living abroad than foreigners living in the UK.

In fact, 1 in 10 Brits live all or part of the year abroad.

So, next time somebody complains about immigrants taking our jobs, why not ask whether they'd prefer that all the British come home (which surely is only fair?) And for that matter, next time the BNP suggest that all coloured people should be 'repatriated' -do you remember when they used to make those demands- ask them whether we really want our diaspora (you know the Australians, the Americans, New Zealanders, Canadians, South Africans etc etc) to be repatriated too?

7 comments:

aileen said...

Far out, I didn't know that. Do you think the stats would be fairly similar for Aus?

Feminist Avatar said...

Well, according to my extensive search of google (ha!), about 24% of Australia's population was born outside of Austrailia- while only around 800,000 Australian's live outside of Australia. So, the answer is no. The largest immigrant groups to Australian are from New Zealand and Britain (so that's where we're going!).

Doctor Plog said...

Thank you - will be using that from now on!

aileen said...

Far out! Hah, it explains a bit though.

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