UK government plans ‘rural visa’ for migrants amid declining population

Rather than implementing policies to empower families and boost the indigenous population, the government plans to create a “rural visa” to further incentivize migration to rural areas of the country.

In its annual report, the government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) called for the establishment of a new visa by which foreigners would be encouraged to spend at least five years in economically disadvantaged areas of the country in order to self- claiming to stimulate economic production and counter the aging of the population and the rural exodus.

The MAC recommended that the government reduce its already very low visa skill requirements and reduce visa entry fees and the health care surcharge for migrants in exchange for moving them to more remote parts of the country. UK.

“We believe it is in the interests of the UK government to pilot and evaluate a rural visa targeted at areas facing depopulation and that such a pilot would align with the government’s commitment to upgrading all parts of the UK,” the report said.

“We would caution the government not to focus too much on particular net migration figures, and any shifts in targets should be in line with the fiscal rules the government has put in place,” the MAC added.

The recommendations come after a record year for legal immigration, with net migration hitting a record high in the year to June of 504,000. Despite public desire to see lower immigration levels, the record waves were partly due to former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit points-based immigration, which has seen more than 1.1 million visas granted to foreigners in the past year.

The migration advisory committee argued that the record number of migrants was the result of refugee resettlement programs for Ukrainians and Hong Kongers fleeing their home countries, as well as student migration, which the committee said would not would only be temporary.

Yet, although there has been a spike in net migration over the past year, it is a continuing trend of mass migration that began with Tony Blair’s Labor government in the early 2000s. .

At the same time, the country experienced massive migration, fertility rates among the native population continued to decline. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that in 2020 the fertility rate in England and Wales fell to its lowest level in recorded history. For native British women, the fertility rate stood at just 1.5 children per woman, well below the replacement rate of 2.1 children.

In the same year, the foreign-born population saw its fertility rate increase to 1.98, with Pakistanis being the most common country of origin of foreign parents.

The combination of falling birth rates and mass migration has seen the indigenous population plummet from 87.5% in 2001 to less than three quarters in 2021 (74.4%). It comes as Birmingham, Leicester and Luton have been added to the ranks of major UK cities in which the settled indigenous population is now a minority.

While the government continues to look to immigration to solve the country’s demographic decline, it continues to discourage its own citizens from starting their own families, for example by continuing the damaging policy of levying taxes on individual incomes instead than families, by punishing or even making traditional single-breadwinner families impossible.

In addition to the anti-family tax system, under the nominally conservative government, only low-income families are eligible to receive government marriage grants, further contributing to the displacement of adults from partner-supported family life than they can choose for themselves. work place.

In contrast to the British government’s hostile attitude towards traditional families, socially conservative countries in Central and Eastern Europe, such as Poland and Hungary, adopted family-friendly policies to encourage their native populations to reproduce.

Poland, for example, has pro-mothering policies such as the “mother’s pension” in place to show “gratitude and respect” to women who have raised four or more children. Hungary, meanwhile, has managed to increase both its marriage and birth rates thanks to economic incentives for mothers, such as granting lifelong tax-exempt status to women who have four children. or more.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that many Western countries are engaging in a form of “suicide” by adopting “great replacement” policies. The Great Replacement theory was originally coined by French writer Renaud Camus, who argued that world leaders who advocate mass migration view people as essentially interchangeable, not individual human beings.

Orbán also claimed that the agenda’s motivation is ultimately to form a “new proletariat”, saying, “The West… just doesn’t want to hold on.” Let’s not beat around the bush: some civilizations are able to reproduce; Western civilization is not able to reproduce itself – so much so that it is unable to decide if it is a problem.

“And there are others who feel the problem of population decline and want migration. They believe that foreign peoples from distant lands should be moved and that will stop the population decline. But mass migration…the millions of people who have been lured here are essentially a global plan to move into the new proletariat.

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