Time to shatter a few myths about immigration

My Surname Fitzgerald comes from the Norman tradition of adding Fitz, meaning ‘son of’ before the father’s name. So, Fitzgerald, in Old Norman, means Son of Gerald.

The FitzGerald’s were an old Hiberno-Norman dynasty and were peers of Ireland since the 14th century. It is therefore commonly thought of as an Irish name. Many people have such names in England that derive from other languages – as they do in many other countries.

We must, on the above evidence, abolish borders (including even tourist visas) and let as many Syrians and Africans in as possible – since we are all clearly immigrants in the end. This is the only sensible reaction to the migrant crisis. And if my surname wasn’t enough to abolish private property and open the floodgates – get this: we’re all descended from South African apes.

Well, I don’t know about you, but my passport’s already burning in the kitchen sink. Henceforth, me and my family will strip down to the waste, cover our private parts in palm leaves and dance around the smoking embers of my once defunct nationality like wild Savages as we invoke the spirit of our old native god Shango.

It’s fucking stupid isn’t it? These extreme reductionist arguments promoted by lefties to enforce their multicultural and mass immigration agenda. They’re also completely fictional, without any basis in fact.

No, we’re not all the same and Britain has never historically been a country of immigrants (unless you go back to before the ice age or whatever). It was only until after the Second World War (for obvious reasons) that migrants slowly started to settle in the UK; and well into the 1990s that the scale and pace of migration increased to unprecedented levels.

Recently, a moronic twit posted the following image on twitter – in response to an article (she was probably too illiterate to read) by Times columnist Melanie Phillips:

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I’m not sure what she’s trying to argue – but because of various factors such as the fluidity and development of language (English is a mix of Germanic, French and Latin) and that Melanie is Jewish and The Times newspaper’s logo head is a lion – which come from Africa dontcha know, and that ‘Britain’ is the Roman word for Island (I actually didn’t know that); that Melanie’s argument against resettling vast numbers of refugees is defunct.

As I said, until the Second World War immigration had been demographically insignificant and increased slowly at manageable levels; by 1990 the foreign born population was around 2 million people. By the late 1990s the foreign born population in England and Wales doubled increasing by nearly 4 million in 20 years between 1991 and 2011. Recent figures indicate that there are now 8 million foreigners living in the UK.

Sure, there have always been some movements of people – but these have always been relatively insignificant.

Some of the facts:

During the Roman period the population of Britain was around 4 – 5 million people and overwhelmingly indigenous. The Roman invasion force consisted of around 45,000 men; the garrison left behind fell to about 10,000 – 20,000 by the 4th Century. Including the Army’s dependents, there was probably about 125,000 foreigners out of a population of 4 million (around 3% of the population).

The population of Britain fell markedly after the Roman occupation to under one million. During that period, England experienced invasions and settlement by Germanic tribes such as the Jutes, Angles and Saxons. Yet this was a relatively minor influx of people. Inflows from Viking invasions are estimated to be between 4 – 8% of the total population. Despite the huge significance of the Norman conquest of 1066 – the numbers of Normans that came to England are relatively small – some historians claim as little as 10,000.

Due to the slave trade from the 16th century onwards many (unwilling) Africans were brought to the British Isles and by the late 18th century tens of thousands of people of African descent came to live in Britain – I repeat tens of thousands – most estimates range between 10,000 and 20,000. After 1807 it was illegal to import slaves into Britain, which meant the end to African immigration.

Despite small numbers of immigrants from a variety of backgrounds coming to Britain, only Jews (and Irish) ever settled in serious numbers. By the 1940s, the Jewish population was about 400,000 (and came in four separate waves). Irish immigration is quite unique, because between 1801 and 1921 Ireland was Britain – hence lots came and technically weren’t immigrants. The highest figure was in 1961 when the Irish population reached over 600,000.

Political unrest in France in the late 17th century meant that Huguenots (Nigel Farage’s family among them) migrated to Britain. Some sources claim that 50,000 eventually came. In 1709 German refugees known as ‘Poor Palatines’, fleeing the French invasion migrated to Britain – estimates suggest around 13,000. After the failed uprising against the Russian empire in 1831, several thousand Polish protestant insurgents moved to Britain. By the 1901 census there was a estimated 82,844 Eastern European living in Britain. During the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of Poles stationed in Britain were offered citizenship under the Polish resettlement Act of 1947. The 1951 Census subsequently recorded 162,339 Poles living in Britain.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

So the genetic make up of Britain has remained relatively consistent throughout history – and in no way, until the last 15 years or so, has it been a nation of immigrants or ever multicultural. This year net immigration hit an all time high of 330,000: more than all the Vikings, Saxons, Normans, Huguenots, Romans and African slaves combined in a single year. It’s time to gain some perspective. When David Cameron suggests taking in 20,000 ‘refugees’ over the next 5 years, I think that’s more than enough.

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5 thoughts on “Time to shatter a few myths about immigration

  1. Superb post. Sad though it is, I have a geekish (is that an English word?) interest in English place names. The Scandinavians had a huge contribution on these, particularly on the Eastern side of England. I understand that genetically the British Isles – and I include Ireland in that description – is predominantly made of up kinship groups that stretch back thousand of years. Even Norman Davies, the EU-phile author of ‘The Isles’, recognised that. The limited immigration that you describe has enhanced our gene pool, without overwhelming it. It is interesting that English became the dominant language of our islands without there being any significant population shift. Celtic Britons effectively *became* English.

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      1. Thanks for that. Another salient point is that most of the immigrants consciously tried to assimilate and did so successfully (in contrast to more recent times), to the point that their descendants are virtually indistinguishable from the indigenous population. Melanie Philips is a case in point, so are some of the Mancunian musicians who owned Strawberry Studios in Stockport (and to link into one of your previous posts are somewhat unsung heroes as now they all live down south).

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