Far-Right Politician wants to offer money to Indians to leave the UK
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Monday August 21 2017
The EasternEye reports that a leadership candidate for the UK’s anti-immigrant far-right party has come up with a radical plan to cut “unnecessary population” in the UK by “incentivising” some migrants, including from India, to return to the country of their origin.
John Rees-Evans, a candidate to lead the UK Independence Party (UKIP), made a specific reference to Indians and Tanzanians in relation to a so-called “fast track export- import scheme” of offering up to £9,000 to certain Commonwealth migrants to leave the UK.
“It’s not going to be draconian. It’s not going to be fascist. I’m not interested in using eugenics or any evil things like that, and yet I would be pushing for negative net migration towards one million a year,” Rees-Evans is heard saying in a speech filmed during a meeting in Greater Manchester earlier this month and first published by the Daily Mirror.
He suggested that the UK government’s foreign aid budget should be cut from more than £13 billion a year to £1 billion, with £12.3 billion then spent on incentivising British citizens with dual citizenship to leave the country, citing British Indians and Tanzanians, whom he said could set up their own businesses.
Rees-Evans later defended the plan on his Facebook page, saying the fee would incentivise people to set up businesses overseas.
He claimed: “I am being accused of wanting to send people of a particular country, or countries, abroad. This is absolutely not the case.
“The net effect would be a reduction in Britain’s population of up to several hundred thousand persons annually, as well as forging prolific and valuable import-free trading relationships that will create jobs in the exporting country, while reducing the cost of living to British residents.”