30-12-2013

Palma.—BRITISH expats living and working in Majorca have found themselves  unwittingly caught  up in an internet campaign aimed at banishing the myths about migration.
The  Trades Union Congress (TUC)  published a hard-hitting guide called ‘Truth, Lies and Migrants’  ahead of Bulgaria and Romania entering the EU on 1 January  and a hotting up of the debate around immigration.
Designed to bridge the gulf behind the “facts and fiction” of population, the booklet uses the number of British people living in Spain and the Balearic Islands as an example of double standards.
It says there are 5.5m Brits living abroad – around 1-in-10 people – compared to 4.2m foreign nationals in England and Wales.
It claims that the number of British nationals in Spain is closer to one million people, rather than the official 300,000 – describing the community as “a wave of migrants, costing local health services a fortune, refusing to learn the language and not prepared to integrate.”

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