2013 Claiming EU Migrants are “benefits tourists”
In April 2013 Theresa May, when Home Secretary, claimed that these EU migrants are “benefit tourists”. When pressed by the EU for evidence of this claim it came to light that in fact there was no evidence to back these claims as the British government keeps no figures on how many European Union nationals claim welfare payments in the UK.
2014 Suppressing good news on immigration
It is now being reported that Theresa May tried very hard to suppress any positive findings in a 2014 report on EU migration. Theresa May faces accusations from within government that she tried to remove evidence about the positive impact of immigration on the British economy from a critical report that was published before the EU referendum.
2015 Blaming immigrants for pushing 1,000s out of work
Again whilst Home Secretary, at the 2015 Autumn Tory party conference, Theresa May claimed that immigration is pushing thousands out of work, undercutting wages and bringing no economic benefit to the UK.
These are just not the facts, as any number of studies show. Where studies have been undertaken they show no evidence of EU migration taking jobs from UK Citizens, in many cases actually increasing the number of jobs available. These claims are debunked in the blog Freedom of Movement isn’t the problem
2016 Refusing to look for ways to improve the image of Immigration and the UK’s ability to control immigration
In the book, All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class, by Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman, claims May refused to support Cameron’s hardline approach to negotiations with EU leaders and rejected his plans to ask for an “emergency brake” on immigration – a stance Cameron described as “lily-livered”.
Cameron’s director of communications, Sir Craig Oliver, says in his exposé of Downing Street that the former prime minister’s advisers used the nickname “Submarine May” because she never came to the surface to support his efforts. In his book, Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of the EU Referendum, published in the Mail on Sunday, Cameron’s chief spin doctor says the prime minister pleaded with May to “come off the fence” about Brexit.
2016 Blaming Foreign Students of outstaying their welcome
The Home Office has , whilst Theresa May was the Home secretary, consistently claimed that “tens of thousands a year” of foreign students fail to leave at the end of their course. In fact only 1 per cent of international students break the terms of their visa by refusing to leave after their course ends, a secret government study has found – around 1,500 per year. The Times revealed on 13/10/2016 that Ministers hide report on migrant numbers . The research threatens to undermine Theresa May’s case for a crackdown on foreign student recruitment and calls into question past estimates that put the figure far higher.
Official statistics have been used to suggest that tens of thousands of foreign students “vanish” each year after finishing their degrees, but the latest study would suggest that the true figure is 1,500.
2016 Keeping Immigration figures “artificially” high
The current Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, was overruled by Theresa May when she argued to remove students from the migration numbers. Rudd failed in bid to exempt students from migrant curbs.
Students are included in the Migration numbers which has the effect of overstating the immigration problem.
2016 Blaming EU Migrants for taking jobs
In her “If you are a Citizen of the World you are a Citizen of Nowhere” speech she said:
“and I know a lot of people don’t like to admit this – someone who finds themselves out of work or on lower wages because of low-skilled immigration, life simply doesn’t seem fair”
Theresa May seems not to have a problem with making statements she knows are not true. She has a history of blaming migrants and immigration for the UK’s economic decline., rather than explaining the truth i.e that EU migration has had a hugely positive impact allowing the UK to expand it’s workforce by 2.1m without displacing the jobs of UK natives*, without affecting wage levels, helping to keep inflation in check** and contributing a net £12.2 b to the HMRC a year Ms May seems hellbent on “blaming the immigrants”.
Myths debunked in this link
* “DESPITE ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE, WE FOUND LITTLE HARD EVIDENCE THAT THE INFLOW OF ACCESSION MIGRANTS CONTRIBUTED TO A FALL IN WAGES OR A RISE IN CLAIMANT UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE UK BETWEEN 2004 AND 2006.”
ANNUAL NET MIGRATION FROM EUROPE HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE 2012, REACHING 183,000 IN MARCH 2015. IMMIGRATION FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION IS CURRENTLY BOOSTING THE WORKFORCE BY AROUND 0.5% A YEAR. THIS HAS HELPED SUPPORT THE ECONOMY’S ABILITY TO GROW WITHOUT PUSHING UP WAGE GROWTH AND INFLATION, KEEPING INTEREST RATES LOWER FOR LONGER.