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Immigration and Population Density
One of our leading talking heads on Sky News, complaining about UK population this morning, said, "Anyone can see there are too many people here!" And he went on to say that no one in government will tell it like it is. With a general election next May, our Cunning Conservatives are steering the raft adroitly down the rapids and only doing or saying anything that might garner an extra few votes. With Labor and Tory locked on around 33% of the vote and UKIP threatening from the wings on about 15% with the Liberal half of the shaky ruling coilition way down with less than 10% and fading.
Immigration is the hot ticket and the PM is assuring the electorate he is
"Doing something about it," and meanwhile doing just about nothing.
The mass movement of peoples seeking a better life - any life - will be the all consuming problem of the world for the foreseeable future. No one will starve, or see their family suffer, without trying to jump ship from the misery surrounding them in Africa and other centers of woe. Many will die trying to reach Europe and millions more will be turned back or confined to immigration prisons. But still the numbers will swell in countries like the US and the UK where the human rights of the oppressed and underpriviledged are considered - not to mention the use of their numbers where garnering votes are concerned, (Be nice to the illegals and their countrymen here legally will vote for you!).
The numbers of people crammed thigh to thigh and cheek to cheek in some countries and their cities are astounding. The USA with their 300 million are now at around 84 folks per square mile. And they have around 3 million square miles to spread out in. Compare that with the poor old squashed cuzzies in the UK: Sixty million residents in just 93 thousand square miles giving us 650 citizens crammed into each square mile.
Only the Dutch are worse off in the EEU at an incredible 1200 plus per square mile - no wonder they are reclaiming new land from the sea all the time - they need it! And yet they are so smart and well organized you rarely hear the Dutch loudly complaining, but that can't last.
One country that squeaks a lot is France and I was surprised to find their density in only about half of ours in Britain. We have a battle going on at the French ports where the ferries stop as illegals in the hundreds are being chased by the gendarmes as they head for the docks to hide in or under trucks bound for Britain, sometimes assaulting and threating the drivers under attack. The mantra among all illegals heading for Europe is "Get to Britain which is soft and where welfare is easy to get." We have probably around 3 million illegal or quasi-legal immigrants here and the governemnt has housed thousands of them. No one has any real idea of their numbers or what to do about it, but many towns are choked with both legal and illegal foreign residents. That is not to mention the 150,000 "asylum seekers," most of whom have faded into the woodwork making it an impossible task to round them up or even consider their cases.
All members of European Union countries, or course, are entitled to come to the UK or go to any other Union country they wish! Imagine, cousins, if Central and South American citizens were legally allowed to live and work in the United States! This is the problem, to a lesser extent or course, facing Britain, Germany and France as less well off members flood here from places like Rumania and the rest. Add this flood to the illegal Africans, etc., making their way by boat and truck across to, or around, Europe to share in what they perceive is bounty lying on the streets.
And when your home has been a filthy mud hut in some of Africa's worst areas, or some disease-struck Asian slum, to be given hundreds of pounds a week and a free house to live, plus free medical, because we can't deport you must seem like bounty!
India used to supply a huge proportion of legal immigrants to the UK and the second and third generations are a huge and mainly welcome part of our culture now. But India, despite the burgeoning growth over the last 20 years, is now on the edge of disaster. It is a large country, but there is now more than 1000 people per square mile making a total of approaching 1.3 billion! No nation has a divide between the haves and have nots like India's! On the one hand there are the parks, hotels and skyscrapers, on the other miles of teeming ghettoes where those lucky enough to have jobs cycle or cab for hours to work for the rich.
China's numbers per square mile might seem reasonable at around 365, but it is a huge nation: compare it with some of the great continents and countries: Canada has 9 people per square mile; Australia, big as the US, about the same. And they are all congregated in five centers. Some nations, like the US, Canada and Australia, are not menaced by way of the oceans due to the distances and those in the US are likely to want to stay there, not go further north.
The United States does have the porous souther border with Mexico (and all points south), but the fence is becoming more af a reality and obstacle each year and will eventually contain much of this problem. It might be too late, though, as Hispanics are a force in the South and South West.
Please note number quoted are approximate...I have not attempted to list the world's countries, with densities, etc., as all this is available online