UKIP's Farage 'Prefers Indians, Austrialians' to Eastern Europeans

World » EU | April 24, 2015, Friday // 11:57
Bulgaria: UKIP's Farage 'Prefers Indians, Austrialians' to Eastern Europeans Leader of britain`s United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage holds up his party`s manifesto in Aveley, Essex, south east England April 15, 2015. Photo by EPA/BGNES

UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the BBC1 on Wednesday he has a "slight preference" for Indians and Australians compared to Eastern Europeans.

In an interview aired on Wednesday evening, Farage said Indians and Australians were "more likely to speak English" and were his personal choice, rather than people from states that "haven't fully recovered from being behind the Iron Curtain," according to the Guardian.

He added the latter people would find it more difficult to connect with the country.

Farage is also quoted as saying Indians and Australians "understand common law and have a connection with this country".

The comments come just weeks ahead of the general election in the UK, with Farage now openly admitting more fierce rhetoric is aimed at mobilizing supporters.

Last year, Farage repeatedly warned that lifting restrictions on free movement of Bulgarians and Romanians across the EU (these were drooped on January 1, 2014) could result in the migration of 29 million people (more than the populations of both countries combined) to the UK. Statistics soon refuted this.

The UK Independence Party (UKIP), which has campaigned for years to say that Britain could be better off outside the EU, has been warning in the past years of the impact of mass immigration on the country's economy.

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