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[Unfinished] Early post: Brexit – An Illegitimate Immigrant Initiative

Immigration, a touchy subject in the U.S., is no less important to U.K. voters, especially given Europe’s migrant crisis.

The EU has struggled to address the migrant crisis effectively, and Brexiteers argue the U.K. needs to avoid getting dragged down by the bloc’s actions or lack thereof. Migrants are taking jobs and places in schools from British citizens, “outers” argue.

For the proponents of Brexit, no issue is more important than immigration and strong borders. The [insert rest of intro here]

Premise 1: Immigrants take jobs and places in schools from British citizens.

Premise 2: Currently, there are high amounts of immigrants flooding into the EU.

Conclusion: Many educational and work opportunities for Brits will be lost to immigrants.

Testing the premises for truth: to accomplish this, I’ve found a multitude of articles that are against Brexit from a variety of sources. I’ll be quoting those articles in their argumentative capacity to each individual premise.

  1. Immigrants take jobs and places in schools from British citizens.
    • First impression: truthful, but opinionated.
    • It’s true that, if an immigrant takes a job, then a British worker can’t take that jobbut it doesn’t mean he or she won’t find another one that may have been created, directly or indirectly, as a result of immigration.” – Jonathan Portes, British Economist (1)
      • The above quote is from a news article (1), discussing the economic impact of migrants in the UK. I selected it for its pinpoint accuracy on what I view as the major flaw in this premise’s truthfulness.
      • The blue text represents the central kernel of truth in the 1st Premise of the Brexit syllogism.
      • The red text represents the counter argument, which shakes the factual correctness of the premise into reasonable doubt.
    • In addition to Portes’ statement, British financial reports show that immigrants “more than pay their way” (1), as they paid £2.54bn in national service and income tax than they received in tax credits and child benefits in 2013-14.
    • Truth Score: Inconclusive. The premise, on a surface level, is true – but “this is not a zero sum game” (1), and there is evidence that the number of jobs lost to Brits is offset by the jobs created for Brits.
  2. Currently, there are high amounts of immigrants flooding into the EU.
    • First impression: there may be some wiggle room surrounding the word ‘crisis,’ but this premise will most likely prove to be strongly truthful.
    • “More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.” – BBC (2)
      • This quote is from a BBC article that lays out the logistical details of what they refer to as the EU Migrant Crisis.
      • The blue text is factually correct, and further research would lead us to an even more supportive conclusion – namely, that 2015 has seen the most migration throughout Europe since World War 2. So far, our 2nd premise is looking strong.
    • Truth Score: True by nearly all definitions.

Coming soon… testing the conclusion for validity

Coming soon… a final call that argues how Brexit unfortunately does not do almost anything to actually solve the immigration crisis that British citizens seem to hold so dear

Coming soon… some pictures


Other notes

“The EU facilitates easy migration between its member states.”

In the EU, migration is “easy,” relative to migration amidst any other group of nations in the world. Embedded deeply into EU law is the right to live, work, and own property in any member state.


(1) theGuardian Article on UK immigration: is it really bad for the economy?

(2) BBC Article on the EU Migrant Crisis


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