Studies have shown that the British public - aided and abetted by the rhetoric of politicians and the unsubtle prejudices and insinuations of the media - are wrong about nearly everything, so it's horrifying but not remotely surprising to discover quite how little credence the actual facts about immigration give to the current narrative being peddled by leading Tories and right-wing rags like the Daily Mail. Here are some handy figures for the next time someone tries to talk to you about "swarms" and "greediness".
On the subject of immigration and the Mail, it's very telling that Nazi propaganda, tweaked so as to imply reference to migrants and then posted on the paper's website, has been receiving significant numbers of upvotes. Evidence that a leopard doesn't change its spots, eh?
(Thanks to Owen and Neil for the links.)