It can be safely said that 2013 was not a year in which the British political class covered itself in glory as far as the great immigration 'debate' is concerned.
The prime minister will shortly begin the process of compiling his shopping list for EU reform. There is little doubt that EU migration will be at or near the top... It will take nerves of steel to walk the EU tightrope of asking concessions from the very countries whose citizens he wants to discourage from working in the UK.
The British tabloids should thank Romania for providing it with so much great material over the last quarter century. The latest scaremongering - 27 million Romanian and Bulgarian scroungers are coming over in January 2014 - is just the latest in a long list of scare stories.
It seems clear that the heated debate on immigration will last at least until the 2015 elections - driven by the popularity of UKIP and the panic in the other Parties not to be seen soft on immigration. Another thing seems clear - the debate will seldom be objective or rational with virtually no claim too silly to be believed by someone.
Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful time over the festive season and managed to be around people you love and care about. I was lucky enough to be able to spend another Christmas here with my friends and the people I consider family...
I'll admit to a special interest in this - like 11.4% of the British population, I am foreign born, indeed a twice-migrant since I lived for five years in Bangkok after I left my native Australia before choosing to become British.
Why are whites leaving diversity so much more than minorities? Counterurbanisation doesn't explain the pattern since working and lower-middle class white British opt for homogeneity more than their professional/managerial counterparts.
Time will tell if Cameron's tough talk will enable him to reach his personal goals both at home and abroad, though he is playing a dangerous game. At home, this episode might serve to radically shift the social thinking and ethos of British society vis-à-vis Europe, eventually leading to an EU exit which even most Tories still do not want.
So, how many Romanians will come to Britain in 2014? Most probably, they will be fewer than in the previous years... . Romania's economy records the highest growth rate in Europe and the unemployment is low, so more and more Romanians are coming back home.
I don't believe that if, in 2005, we had known the extent of migration from the previous Accession countries and the scale of the recession that would hit us, we would have agreed to the restrictions being lifted now... Even at this very late stage, I urge the government to keep the restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian migration for a further five years - I can see no other solution.
Wednesday's Sun front page truly encapsulates how low our debate on immigration has sunk with the headline: "Draw a red line on immigration or else". This is systematic of the tone that political representatives now address the issue of immigration with.
This edition of Panorama is merely a symptom of the wider discourse around immigration. A debate so toxic that facts are shouted down in a wave of popular fascism. But it also threatens our relationship with Europe and our right to free movement. On both fronts, we should all be worried about where this debate is heading in 2015.
Theresa May is all over the place on EU migration. On Sunday she said one thing, Monday something else entirely. Nick Clegg has weighed into a phoney war about it too. But the result is there is now total confusion and a massive gap between government rhetoric and reality which just undermine's public trust.
As the moment of lifting restrictions on the labour market approaches, it seems that, for a part of the British media, Romanians are the perfect scapegoat to be held responsible for almost everything that goes wrong in the UK. A recent article published by Daily Mail claiming that "Romanians arrested at seven times rate of Britons" is just another unfortunate example.
A report by the Democracy Institute, an American libertarian think-tank, predicted that 385,000 people will migrate from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK over the next five years. This prediction was uncritically featured or cited in an array of newspapers... But the report is deeply flawed and should be dismissed as not credible until its authors can prove otherwise
UK concern is paramount because EU countries with stronger job markets like Germany and France will be overlooked in favour of this island for no apparent reason. Moreover, the offerings of Spain and Italy, countries with pre established networks and cultural similarities will also be snubbed because Great Britain is irresistible.