"The number of foreign-born people living in Yorkshire has soared by almost 80 per cent in the past decade, according to a major new analysis of the 2011 census by leading academics. A study published this morning by Oxford University reveals the changing face of Yorkshire during the first decade of the century, concluding the number of people born outside the UK but now living in the region rose from 260,000 to more than 460,000 between 2001 and 2011.
The academics have stressed the rise is broadly in line with other parts of the country over the same period, and that the proportion of foreign-born people in Yorkshire remains below the UK average, at under nine per cent."
“People may be lining up to say that this is putting strains on schools and doctors surgeries and infrastructure, but I would like to see what the actual evidence is for that. I WOULD SAY THE INFLUX HAS ENRICHED YORKSHIRE...A good thing for them, not for us. They leave behind what their ancestors were not capable of making for them and, once here, take what ours made for us.
We gain from people coming and adding a little bit. Are we really saying Yorkshire must forever remain exactly as it always was? My experience is that most people who come here from within the EU, and indeed beyond, come here to work and to contribute and to better themselves, and that has got to be a good thing.”
A question for you, Fabian: when the immigrant deprives the indigenous of jobs, homes, culture, heritage and security and imposes enormous 'strains on schools and doctors surgeries and infrastructure,' in what way is this 'a good thing' for the Yorkshireman?
Fabian Hamilton is Jewish.