Monday, 30 August 2010

Plucking A Figure Out Of Thin Air - EU Style

The Council of the European Union: Report to Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security (COSI): The Joint Report by Europol, Eurojust and Frontex on the State of Internal Security in the EU (EU doc no: 9359/10) has just been published (snappy title - no?). From page 3, 2. Background, we are informed:
"Most threats to the internal security of the EU either originate outside Europe or have a clear nexus to other parts of the world. All heroin and cocaine consumed in Europe, for example, is trafficked here from a different continent. So, too, in the case of the estimated 900,000 illegal migrants entering the EU each year......" (my emphasis)
Now I believe it is correct to say that the EU has no idea, nor consequently hasn't published any statistics, on the number of illegal immigrants entering the EU. This statement is back up by Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor who has commented:
"A few years ago a Europol official was put on the spot by the media when asked about "illegal" migration and said that 500,000 "illegal" migrants entered the EU every year. This figure was quoted time and time again. Later this same official admitted that he had simply invented the figure as logically the number of migrants entering the EU undetected was unknown. Now we have the three leading EU agencies do the same thing, inventing a figure to get headlines and budgets."
This 'massaging' of statistics, popular with all politicians and bureaucrats, is nothing other than pure 'spin' designed to keep populations in a state of fear, whilst being able to plunder their pockets for yet more money in tax to counter that 'manufactured' problem.

1 comment:

Woodsy42 said...

I assume the 'snappy titles', and excessive length, used by the EU for reports like this are intended to put people off reading them. Basically a system of hiding things in plain sight.