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Posts for Migration Category

Migrants and the New ‘Wandering Poor’: Back to the Future

  • February 25, 2014
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We’ve known for some time that the UK government wants to attract only the ‘brightest and the best’ immigrants to Britain, and that special forms of largesse are extended to rich migrants in order to attract them to our shores.     If you are married to a British citizen but earn less than £18, 500 for example, you can’t live in the UK, even if your spouse and children already live here.

If you happen to be an ordinary worker who comes to the UK in search of a job you will now...

Mark Harper Falls on His Plastic Sword

  • February 11, 2014
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Politicians on all sides have been falling over themselves to praise former Immigration Minister Mark Harper for his ‘honourable’ decision to resign, following the discovery that his cleaner was an ‘illegal immigrant.’   Harper’s colleagues, all of them honourable men and women themselves, have been been at pains to point out how correct and even...

The UK and Syrian Refugees: from political pawns to political tokenism

  • January 29, 2014
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After weeks of vacillation, the UK government has finally agreed to resettle 500 of the ‘most vulnerable’ Syrian refugees.   Lord Snooty appears to have overruled Theresa May, who was reluctant to enter an ‘open-ended commitment’ to UNHCR’s call for European governments to resettle 30,000 refugees that might have undermined the Coalition’s ‘tens of thousands’...

The Unkindness of Strangers

  • January 18, 2014
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It seems to me that true religion begins with the law about protecting the alien and the stranger,‘ wrote the late Auschwitz survivor and interfaith dialogue campaigner Rabbi Hugo Gryn (1930-1996),   ‘ It is there in every religious tradition and it there that men and women discover the idea of humanity.   Voltaire...

British Racism: Out of the Mouths of Babes

  • January 08, 2014
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You need a lot of patience to be an ambassador from an Eastern European country to Britain these days – the kind of patience a police negotiator might need to talk down a drunken husband holed up with a shotgun or perhaps a potential suicide about to jump off a balcony.

Every other day, it seems,...

2013: The Year of Living Ukiply

  • January 01, 2014
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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.

On the contrary, in the last twelve months Britain’s politicians – with the support of some the most unscrupulous and dishonest newspapers in the western world...

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