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Anti-migrant myths must always be challenged

Issue No. 2385

Anti-migrant stories keep emerging.

This Monday’s Daily Telegraph newspaper argued that it was possible for Romanian and Bulgarian workers to pay tax in their home countries.

But this rule applies only to temporary workers in Britain less than six months a year over a period of not more than two years.

Instead of standing up to the scapegoating, Labour leader Ed Miliband has joined in.

He wrote in last Sunday’s Independent that workers’ fear of being undercut by workers from abroad was “understandable”. 

He said a future Labour government would take action, adding, “When millions of workers already have low pay and poor job security in Britain and we add high levels of low-skilled migration mostly from the EU, some benefit but some lose out.”

Shamefully Labour’s shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has gone as far as saying that low educational attainment among British boys was linked to high levels of eastern European immigration.

The idea that backing right wing myths in some way benefits working people is a dangerous fallacy. All it does is encourage divisions. 

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