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United Kingdom Immigration by Country

Name the countries that are the source of the foreign-born populations greater than 100,000 in the United Kingdom.
As of 2014 according to ONS estimates
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First submittedJanuary 12, 2013
Last updatedNovember 13, 2018
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Population
Country
793,000
India
790,000
Poland
523,000
Pakistan
383,000
Ireland
301,000
Germany
212,000
Bangladesh
201,000
South Africa
196,000
China
Population
Country
187,000
United States
178,000
Nigeria
170,000
Romania
150,000
Italy
147,000
France
139,000
Sri Lanka
137,000
Lithuania
136,000
Jamaica
Population
Country
129,000
Kenya
128,000
Philippines
127,000
Portugal
126,000
Australia
120,000
Zimbabwe
119,000
Spain
114,000
Somalia
102,000
Latvia
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level 76
Mar 11, 2014
Should have gotten Sri Lanka. :P Surprised to see Jamaica, Zimbabwe and Lithuania on the list. Got all the rest.
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level 48
Mar 11, 2014
Lithuania was my second guess. They own a car wash in Brandon, Suffolk. :)
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level 76
Mar 12, 2014
Never been to Suffolk. Never been anywhere in the UK outside of London and though I've been to London on many different occasions, add the time I've spent there all together and it probably is less than two weeks. I would have guessed Jamaica for the Netherlands definitely. You see Jamaican guys on the streets of Amsterdam all the time.
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level 81
Jun 10, 2015
Sure they aren't Suriname? I am not sure I'd be able to tell the difference. And then there's the folks from the Dutch Antilles too.
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level 76
Jun 23, 2015
Yeah pretty sure. Though I guess it's possible some people from Suriname might dress like Jamaicans, once they start talking it's pretty easy to spot the real ones.
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level 61
Dec 18, 2015
Missed Jamaica too but got Zimbabwe because it used to be a British colony.
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level 50
Mar 16, 2016
kalbahamut, they are Surinamers and Antilians, there are no Jamaicans in the netherlands.
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level 62
Apr 13, 2016
No Jamaicans at all? Do you work for the census people?
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level 37
May 17, 2016
But my friend is Jamaican and he lives here in the Netherlands? I guess he's got to leave
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level 71
May 18, 2016
Well, it seems to me he shouldn't have to leave, what with his not existing and all... ^_^
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level 67
May 18, 2016
I was just in Jamaica. They dressed more or less like me. I've also been to other English-speaking Caribbean countries. I can't distinguish the various forms of patois when I hear them. But then I'm not Henry Higgins.
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level 76
Jul 20, 2016
To me Jamaican accent/dialect sounds quite distinct from that of Trinidad, Suriname, Barbados, etc.
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level 67
May 26, 2018
The Trini accent is pretty distinct, although I'd bet hardly anyone without a lot of time spent with West Indians would have a hard time hearing the difference. Bajan accent? Good luck hearing the difference between them and a Vincentian, Jamaican, etc. Accent, of course, being completely different than dialect.
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level 59
Jan 31, 2019
I guess he meant he saw people with dreadlocks..
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level 45
May 27, 2019
I got Jamaica, as I've met loads of Jamaicans in the UK, but missed Latvia, Lithuania, and Zimbabwe, all of which surprised me. This was especially annoying having guessed almost every country around Zimbabwe as I ran out of options. Sigh.
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level 76
Jun 20, 2019
Since leaving this comment in 2014, I spent probably another week total in London, and the last time I was there I met a Lithuanian girl.
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level 76
Jun 28, 2019
and no I didn't mean people with dreadlocks. I mean I was approached several times by people who looked Jamaican, who spoke with a distinct Jamaican accent and dialect, and when I asked where they were from they told me they were from Jamaica. Most of them were trying to sell drugs.
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level 34
Dec 7, 2014
Baltics tend to be all over norther Europe, and there are SO many jamaicans, I know this purely because of the amount of half-jamaican kids I grew up with.
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level 68
May 17, 2016
Baltic countries = surprise!
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level 71
May 18, 2016
Except for Estonia; Estonians are apparently either perfectly happy at home, or perhaps fancy somewhere a bit warmer :-]
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level 30
Jul 25, 2016
Estonia only has just over 1m people; in order to meet the 100k threshold for this quiz, nearly 10% of their entire population would need to live here!
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level 67
Apr 24, 2019
As a Brit, Jamaica was my first guess. It was a British colony, part of the Empire, and remains part of the Commonwealth. Post WW2 the British government invited many Jamaicans and others from the Caribbean to the UK because of the labour shortage. There are many areas of London with large Jamaican populations, like Brixton for instance. It's all been in the news recently because of the government's mishandling of immigration documents, leading to British Afro-Caribbeans who have been here for generations suddenly finding themselves declared non-British citizens and facing deportation. See Windrush Scandal
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level 42
Mar 11, 2014
What country do you mean quizmaster? Hmmmmmmm.
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level 73
Mar 11, 2014
is this going to be another England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland debate again? If it is, save it...he says UK which is the above four countries. The fact that they may or may not be a sovereign nations doesn't matter in this quiz.
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level 47
Mar 11, 2014
the country of the United Kingdom, as it says in the quiz name..........
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level 49
Jan 20, 2015
btw if you are whining about Ireland being a choice they are not a part of the UK
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level 48
Mar 11, 2014
I call BS. Turkey wasn't here? With all of those kebab shops?
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level 34
Dec 7, 2014
I was quite surprised too but thinking about it it's probably all pakistani's and indians running them :P
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level 64
Sep 11, 2019
If they have pork kebabs it’s Indian, if they have beef kebabs it’s Pakistani.
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level 57
Mar 11, 2014
Man, there a LOT of Poles in the UK! Also surprised at the number of Irish and Jamaicans in the UK. Obviously both have ties to the country historically (and Ireland is of course very close geographically) but it's still surprising considering that the two countries have small populations.
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level 76
Mar 12, 2014
Ireland seemed like an obvious one. So many cultural and historical ties and Northern Ireland is part of the UK.
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level 76
Jul 17, 2014
There are also a lot of poles in Pattaya.
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level 44
Oct 19, 2018
stripper poles?
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level 76
Jun 20, 2019
no money, no honey
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level 32
Mar 11, 2014
Got all except lithuania!!!
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level 40
Mar 14, 2014
Philippines was a surprise. Oh well, even if I thought of it, I wouldn't of been able to spell it. :)
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level 76
Mar 15, 2014
As I remarked on my US immigrants quiz, nobody should be surprised by the Philippines. Filipinos are everywhere.
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level 71
May 18, 2016
It seems Australians are everywhere, too. I've never seen a culture with so much wanderlust! And it's kinda weird, because the Kiwis are relative homebodies.
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level 76
May 18, 2016
Given the population ratio I feel like I run into more Kiwis than Aussies abroad, relatively. It should be 4:1 in favor of the Aussies but in my experience it's more like 2:1 or 3:1. Met a lot of Kiwis in South Korea. And just met two at a hostel in Sofia last week.
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level 45
Aug 6, 2018
^^ Agreed
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level 76
Mar 15, 2014
also, wouldn't have*
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level 71
Jun 5, 2014
Mee-OW! Anyway, the Philippines was no big surprise, the NHS would collapse without Filipinos.
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level 34
Dec 7, 2014
UK does a huge working migrant program with the philippines, they're not often at the forefront of the immigration debate in the UK because they tend to assimilate quite well and work therefore pay taxes, so you don't hear much about them.
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level 76
Mar 13, 2015
Same everywhere. <3 for my Filipino friends.
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level 29
Jul 10, 2014
Too much Poles. We must stop :< (yes, I'm Polish)
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level 67
Nov 4, 2014
Stunned Romania isn't on here
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level 47
Mar 8, 2015
It is now!
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level 38
Nov 8, 2014
Its very sad that Poland is second :(
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level 45
Aug 6, 2018
Seems somewhat racist. Why do you think that?
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level 39
Sep 12, 2019
Excuse me, what? How is that racist? From his name, it's easy to see he's probably Polish. It's always a good feeling to see your country at the top of the list, and he's just saying he's disappointed it's not. Nothing at all about that was racist in any way. I don't even know how you came to that conclusion.
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level 32
Sep 12, 2019
India is not a "race".
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level 44
Feb 27, 2015
-.- I thought I put in Pakistan but I didn't!
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level 62
Mar 30, 2015
I thought I had put Zimbabwe in my first go.... oh well, glad to see we made it onto the list :)
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level 37
Apr 21, 2015
LOL...We Indians are everywhere
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level 43
May 26, 2015
That's true - proud to be british indian
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level 76
Jun 23, 2015
Like AOL Free Trial discs in the 1990s.
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level 44
Oct 21, 2015
Is the polish figure per city?
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level 76
Jan 12, 2016
Interesting list. You never see people complaining about Irish or American immigrants, yet they make up a good proportion of them.
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level 62
Apr 13, 2016
On the contrary, many people complain about American immigrants. Not much love for Americans outside of America, however justified that view may be.
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level 47
Apr 13, 2016
Really? In the UK, I have never once heard people complain about American immigrants. EU immigrants and Muslims ones? Yes, but not Americans.
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level 76
May 10, 2016
I have only heard people complain about American tourists, never immigrants.
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level 66
Jan 3, 2018
Irish and American immigrants don't use violence to force their religions or customs on UK citizens. In fact, most Irish and Americans share the same values as UK citizens, so assimilation isn't much of a problem.
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level 57
May 26, 2018
Nor do immigrants of any other nationality.
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level 32
Sep 12, 2019
TWM03. Yes, some do.
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level 77
Sep 11, 2019
Don't complain about Irish immigrants? You don't know what you're talking about.
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level 37
Apr 7, 2016
There's so many polish people because of the connections between the countries in the war. Polish people would come to the UK to help work in exchange for the UK helping Poland in the war.
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level 47
May 9, 2016
Not really, it's more that 2 million people left Poland after they joined the EU in 2004. And they tended to move to the countries with the strongest economies i.e. Germany and the U.K.
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level 59
Jan 31, 2019
The Netherlands aswell, you hear polish everywhere
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level 47
May 17, 2016
This quiz is UKIP's worst nightmare. Personally I think it's great to see so many different nationalities and cultures enriching us.
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level 37
May 17, 2016
"enriching"
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level 66
Jan 3, 2018
"Mommy, why are SWAT members everywhere at the christmas festival?" Well son, because diversity is our greatest strength.
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level 72
Sep 19, 2018
TP - nothing to do with American gun culture and disillusionment caused by wealth and social rights disparity then?
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level 72
Sep 19, 2018
..and of course myriad other possible social issues.

Just sayin’ - racial / cultural stereotyping and scapegoating is ignorant, lazy and, at best, ethically extremely dubious (more often bigoted and born from a superiority - or perversly an inferiority - complex but will give you the benefit of the doubt)

This isn’t an attack on America - I know all other countries have their problems too, some similar to the US, some different, some a mixture
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level 72
Sep 20, 2018
Maybe ignore that bit about superiority / inferiority complexes - I don't have data to back that up with
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level 60
May 17, 2016
Coming over here, stealing our quizzes ;-)
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level 34
May 17, 2016
Bah. missed Romania, Philippines and Somalia.
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level 67
May 17, 2016
Realized half way through that the picture was luggage and not cold on the cob.
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level 57
May 17, 2016
Where's UKIP when you need them?
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level 43
May 17, 2016
What? That is so sad! Do you want no diversity in this country? If this was a joke, it wasn't very funny!
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level 37
May 19, 2016
Not if diversity includes the mass 'abuse' of small children, crime, unfair labor competition, welfare abuse, and terrorism. No.
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level 72
Sep 20, 2018
Then you’re in luck because diversity =/= those things
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level 64
Sep 11, 2019
Studies in the US have shown that immigrants here commit crimes at significantly lower rates than native-born citizens. I bet that you would find similar results in the UK.
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level 57
Sep 11, 2019
I suspect that would depend on the sorts of crimes you look at.
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level 71
May 18, 2016
UKIP are just where you left them - down the pub, ranting about bloody immigrates.
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level 43
May 17, 2016
I'm one of those 793,000 Indians in the UK!
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level 25
May 17, 2016
why isnt syria on this list
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level 79
May 17, 2016
The numbers aren't big enough.
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level 72
Nov 9, 2018
SG - do you not understand how this quiz works?
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level 27
May 17, 2016
i said republic of ireland and didn't get it right.....
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level 58
May 18, 2016
Oddest group of countries I have ever seen... :)
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level 47
Oct 11, 2016
If you think about it, they are are all either old colonies or countries in the EU.
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level 57
Sep 12, 2018
... or China.
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level 47
Nov 10, 2018
Tbf a lot of the Chinese immigrants come from Hong Kong
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level 44
May 19, 2016
HOW DID I MISS IRELAND
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level 57
Sep 12, 2016
Same here. I'll join you in the corner to cry.
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level 43
Nov 2, 2016
Got them all except Latvia
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level 39
Dec 15, 2017
Its great travelling through our cities and seeing all the different supermarkets and what have you. I had a teacher in school that used to called Bradford 'Bradistan'... Supermarket on one of the main streets into my city called 'Islam Foods', I wonder what they sell there lol!
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level 39
Sep 10, 2018
There are a lot more Italian citizens in the UK, over 200.000
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level 57
Sep 11, 2019
Well then perhaps some of them are Italian citizens but were born in the UK.
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level 46
Feb 5, 2019
Can’t belived I missed Ireland and my Grandma is Irish and she emigrated here...
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level 58
Sep 11, 2019
You couldn't have known it QM but a very apposite day to re-post this. At last, despite the utter madness of brexit, there are signs of a lessening of the backwards approach to this topic here. "Immigration status: Ministers reverse May-era student visa rules" https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49655719 It's a start, at least.
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level 66
Sep 11, 2019
Because of Brexit, not despite. With the ability to control migration from EEA countries that Brexit gives, British attitudes to migration have become more positive - as if the issue was control rather than xenophobia for the vast majority of people who were concerned about immigration as an issue. And so with the political problem of populist propagandists prattling on about a plethora of proverbial 'Polish plumbers' (I think my P-key is stuck!) gone, the pointless scapegoating of non-EEA graduates of British universities (that pretty much no one had a problem with in the first place), to show that we can have control over migration, can stop. Especially as it turns out that the problem wasn't the Poles themselves, but the policy that allowed them to move here no questions asked.
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level 57
Sep 11, 2019
The Conservative party has for a while perceived that people want less immigration (particularly their voter base), which led to a variety of policies known as the "hostile environment" (because to these people openly admitting to hostility towards people who have come from other countries is excellent PR) over which their was later a scandal (the Windrush scandal). The Conservatives were right. People did want less immigration, which was one of the most important reasons why the Brexit vote happened. But now that the people who wanted a reduction in immigration are too busy worrying over Brexit, the Conservatives are able to reverse the extremely immoral policies that they put in in the first place, just so long as they are taking back control from the EU by having a political party with a majority of minus 45 seats in Parliament make our laws for us instead.
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level 66
Sep 12, 2019
Theresa May (as Home Secretary and Prime Minister) both doubled down (hostile environment and all) and made a thing about having a bad immigration policy, but all the set up for Windrush was under New Labour or before, and non-EEA students I knew were getting deported for not finding work after a couple of months in the 00s. It wasn't a specifically Tory thing, but a long-term (since the late 60s when sucking up to the EEC by throwing the Commonwealth under the bus to be let in?) Governmental bias letting mostly-white Europeans in without questions, and then scapegoating mostly non-white non-Europeans for the concern about a lack of control over the amount of Europeans migrating to the UK. As for a minority Government: Parliament voted against a General Election that would end minority rule twice last week (not to mention no No Confidence Votes). The opponents of the Government prefer to seize Government functions in the Commons and legislate the Government into obeying their agenda.
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level 54
Sep 11, 2019
I'm quite surprised Turkey isn't on here. There are a lot of Turkish barbers and takeaway shops around my way - lovely people.
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level 39
Sep 11, 2019
Somehow I missed Kenya?
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level 49
Sep 12, 2019
Considering the obsession some Brits currently have with immigration and Brexit I found it interesting that top 3 are not EU.
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level 76
Sep 13, 2019
Nativists in every country would like to disconnect from every part of the world if they could.
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level 50
Sep 16, 2019
Poland?