Keith Vaz calls campaign demonizing UK to deter immigrants 'bordering on farcical'

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 07:30 hrs

A British lawmaker has said that ministerial consideration of launching a negative advertising campaign to deter Bulgarians and Romanians from coming to work in the UK is 'bordering on the farcical'.

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select committee, warned that such propaganda tactics had been used in the past and been found to be counterproductive.

Vaz pointed out that on the one hand the Home Office doesn't want them in, but on the other hand, the minister for Europe is saying there is freedom of movement, the Guardian reports.

According to the paper, he added that 'the government is actually in danger of encouraging more people to come, and that ministers would be better off working with Romanian and Bulgarian counterparts and the EU to address the reasons migrants want to come here in the first place.

The paper pointed out that the campaign would focus on the downsides of British life perhaps by suggesting jobs are scarce and it rains all the time.

It said that the campaign is one of a range of potential measures to stem immigration to Britain next year when curbs imposed on both country's citizens living and working in the UK will expire.

Meanwhile, the UK prime minister's official spokesman declined to comment on the advertising campaign, but confirmed the government was considering its options. (ANI)

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