Gransnet forums

News & politics

Boris "pledges" to take 3 MILLION from Hong Kong

(26 Posts)
paddyanne Wed 03-Jun-20 16:02:04

Not that I believe anything Bojo "pledges" but surely all those who voted for Brexit will be up in arms at 3 million people being given the right to move to England..I say England because we didn't vote for Brexit and we want immigrants

ayse Wed 03-Jun-20 16:07:29

What’s the betting they will be bringing with them their wealth. I’m pretty certain it isn’t going to be the ordinary man in the street? Cynical, me? Not much!

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 03-Jun-20 16:10:01

I’m not up in arms at all, they will have dual nationality.

If you don’t mind either I don’t quite see your point,
as Scotland is part of the UK some might want to go and live in Scotland, again I don’t see a problem with thar.

I hope no one takes your bait.

MaizieD Wed 03-Jun-20 17:10:21

But I thought that there wasn't space for any more foreigners, that we couldn't get doctor's appointments because of them and schools were bursting at the seams and they were taking all our jobs while scrounging our welfare benefits and getting priority housing, (etc) Not to mention speaking foreign languages when in the UK and having special shops with their national foodstuffs in..

So why the total silence on the prospect of a blanket invitation to 3 million Hong Kongers?

What 'bait' Oops?

Whitewavemark2 Wed 03-Jun-20 17:24:53

They are skewered with this.

There is no answer.

GrannyGravy13 Wed 03-Jun-20 17:29:21

Maybe because not everyone who voted for Brexit is as hung up on immigration as those who voted for remain?

Smileless2012 Wed 03-Jun-20 17:41:05

I don't have a problem with it either Oopsadaisy

MaizieD Wed 03-Jun-20 17:41:17

You are probably exceptional, GG13

We've see 'can't take any more immigrants' views from Leavers on here quite often. I was just quoting what I've seen.

vegansrock Wed 03-Jun-20 17:48:15

It was immigration which swung the Brexit vote - nothing to do with all the marvellous trade deals and all that money for the NHS promised etc. I expect most Brexit voters who are all highly educated and make a point of their non racist credentials will be thrilled, especially since many of them think this government can do no wrong.

Oopsminty Wed 03-Jun-20 17:50:06

Maybe because not everyone who voted for Brexit is as hung up on immigration as those who voted for remain?

Very true.

I know people who have been Eurosceptic for years. Nothing to do with immigration.

I doubt very much that the 3 million will want to come here either

suziewoozie Wed 03-Jun-20 17:58:05

I’m sure they haven’t got dual nationality - isn’t he offering them the right to come and stay and eventually apply for citizenship?

paddyanne Wed 03-Jun-20 18:17:03

I think he's offering them refuge from a dodgy government....ha bloody ha.He's heading one of those himself or is he.I was sure there were loads of posts on here about foreigners taking "our" jobs and with the number of redundencies being announced on a daily basis and Brexit more or less meaning more businesses closing their doors WHERE will the jobs ,homes,schools etc be found for these 3 million souls in need.
Please remember this is a government that makes people pay for a spare bedroom ....cant see them supporting an extra 3 million people ,can you?

vampirequeen Wed 03-Jun-20 18:52:18

What's the difference between Hong Kong refugees and other refugees? If we can take in people from Hong Kong then we can and should take in people escaping war, famine. political upheaval etc from anywhere in the world.

lemongrove Wed 03-Jun-20 19:45:15

GrannyGravy well said.??
It’s a game of bluff with the Chinese government in any case, and not all Hong Kong residents want to move thousands of miles away to live, they like it where they are.However if push comes to shove we will be a way out for some.Chinese people are hard working and won’t be coming here for any hand outs.Hong Kong has a had a hard time adjusting since the hand over, they are not used to a regime like China cutting down on their freedoms.

Jaycee5 Wed 03-Jun-20 19:53:13

Oopsminty Well said.
I wonder whether he is pandering to China. It probably suits them to be able to get rid of what they consider troublemakers. The whole population is only 7.5m so it is inconceivable that nearly half would want to leave and which 3 million would that be - those China wants to leave.
Does anyone think that Johnson would be doing this with no benefits.

varian Wed 03-Jun-20 19:53:44

Many HongKongers might have jumped at the chance of a new life in the UK five years ago - but now? I'm not so sure.

GrannyGravy13 Wed 03-Jun-20 20:21:46

If life in the UK is so dreadful why are people clambering to get her?

varian Wed 03-Jun-20 20:25:53

Why have so many well educated Britons left? There has been a huge brexit brain drain of Britons with transferable skills emigrating to other EU countries including half of my family .

Furret Wed 03-Jun-20 21:09:06

A welcome addition to our country.

Furret Wed 03-Jun-20 21:10:37

Life under the communist People’s Republic is not going to be safe.

craftyone Wed 03-Jun-20 21:15:01

They will be aspirational business people on the whole, many will already have property in the uk and they will be a huge asset to this country.

vampirequeen Wed 03-Jun-20 21:17:22

More are clamouring to go to other countries than here. Those who want asylum here usually already have family members in this country or speak English. It makes sense to go where you may have family support or be able to speak the language.

It's a bit of a generalisation to say all Chinese people are hardworking and it suggests that other people aren't. There will be hard workers and shirkers in every race and population. Not everyone who comes to the UK comes for a handout. In fact it's very difficult to survive in the UK if you are an asylum seeker as you're banned from seeking work so are forced to rely on the 'hand outs'. This is how much asylum seekers are given as hand outs each week. It's hardly a king's ransom and is reduced if their claim fails so that they have even less to survive on whilst they put in their appeals.

suziewoozie Wed 03-Jun-20 23:45:53

I don’t actually believe for one minute there will be anything but the smallest trickle allowed in. It’s another Johnson gimmick which will fall apart as everything else he promises does as soon as it hits the cold light of day.

Whitewavemark2 Thu 04-Jun-20 07:25:29

Anyone who believes anything Johnson says is very gullible

Furret Thu 04-Jun-20 08:15:56

I don’t think these will be asylum seekers, they have a form of British nationality.