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Dear Nigel

10th June 2002

The Financial Times says that “Europe needs immigrants-skilled and unskilled.” Every newspaper from the Sun to the Guardian agrees, as does every mainstream political party. The Home Office says Britain needs 150,000 immigrants a year for the next 20 years. The French interior ministry has said that the EU needs 75m immigrants by 2050.

This consensus is wrong. The demographic and economic arguments for large-scale immigration are not just flawed, but damaging to the interests of the most vulnerable people already in Europe (many of them immigrants). The truth is not that Europe needs…

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