Friday, May 14, 2010

‘Illegals’ bean counting

I admire a dude who ‘spreadsheets’ stuff, and evidently Tim Blair has been hard at it:

There are an estimated 450,000 illegal immigrants living in Arizona, which has a total population of just 6.6 million. Were Australia to have a proportionate amount of illegals, we’d be talking in the range of 1.5 million.

Damn straight! So, on those figures, the number of “illegal immigrants” in Arizona is approaching 7 percent of the population.

Now, according to the Australian Government, as at early-April there were a total of 2,498 people in immigration detention who “arrived unlawfully by air or boat.” (Note that this excludes hundreds — or, I forget, perhaps thousands — who arrived “lawfully”, often from affluent ‘western’ countries, but overstayed their visas.)

The Australian population is currently projected at around 22.3 million.

Therefore, the number of “illegal immigrants” in Australia is around just 0.011 percent of the population — that is, in the order of one six-hundredth of Arizona’s apparent problem.

So if Andrew Bolt now wets his pants every time another handful of poor slobs “arrives unlawfully”, he can just thank God he doesn’t live in Arizona.

And we can thank God too, because the screeching from Bolt, already most unpleasant to the ear, would go way beyond pain threshold.

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